Soriano surprises Braves, accepts arbitration  |

But it’s the first time I’ve felt sapient enough to put things down, so let’s talk about it.

I’m not quite sure why this happened. Oh, I know why Soriano accepted arbitration — he was looking at making less on a two-year deal than on a one-year arbitration award. I don’t know why that’s the case. I guess that somewhere, somehow, he got a “Not a Closer™” label and thus wasn’t worth Closer™ money and a draft pick, even though he was one of the better relievers in the league last year, and supplanted Gonzalez, who somehow is still a Closer™.

I don’t really expect Soriano to pitch for the Braves this year. I think they’ll work out a deal where he’s traded for a prospect. But that prospect will probably be pretty mediocre.