Orioles: Stalking Soriano
The Orioles are waiting to see which free agents accept arbitration from their original teams by tonight's midnight deadline, and they are believed to be particularly interested in right-handed closer Rafael Soriano, who was 1-6 with a 2.97 ERA and 27 saves for the Atlanta Braves in 2009.
Soriano stands to get a one-year deal worth about $7 million if he accepts the Braves' arbitration offer. His agent, Peter Greenberg, is talking with clubs to gauge outside interest before the deadline, and it's probably fair to assume he'll talk to the Orioles at some point tonight.
He would be a good fit for the Orioles, who could then move Jim Johnson back into an eighth-inning setup role and -- health permitting -- use Koji Uehara and Chris Ray in match-up and middle relief.