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Offseason Notebook: Braves' new 'pen

Billy Wagner, Takashi Saito form the new back end of the Braves' bullpen

Updated: December 4, 2009, 6:20 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

There's something to this Atlanta-Boston connection.

To wit: The Braves used to hail from Boston. The two teams swapped first basemen (Casey Kotchman and Adam LaRoche) at the July 31 trade deadline. Longtime Atlanta Braves star John Smoltz decided to first attempt his 2009 comeback, where else, but in Boston. And just this week, the Braves found their successors to their late-inning, lefty/righty closer combo of Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez by signing two relievers who finished ...

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