George King of the NY Post is reporting (via MLBTradeRumors.com) is reporting that Brian Bruney may be on his way to Atlanta. Since this story originates from The Post, I assume there’s no truth to it. Why would the Braves want Bruney when they have Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito and supposedly Rafael Soriano is about to accept arbitration?
Sure, we could speculate it’s actually a bigger deal involving Derek Lowe or Javier Vazquez, but that seems even more improbable. Lowe makes too much money and I don’t know why the Braves would want to trade Vazquez (not to mention Javy’s last run with the Yanks didn’t turn out too great).
Plus, while I don’t think Cashman is too keen on signing free agent relievers, I also don’t think he wants to give away too much of what he has.
Consequently, the only way this makes sense is if it’s a deal for Soriano. The Braves clearly didn’t expect Soriano to accept arbitration and they could simply be looking to move him in a salary dump for a less expensive reliever.