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Rays finalize deal for Braves' reliever Soriano

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The Braves on Friday completed a trade that sends Rafael Soriano to the Rays for fellow right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez. Tampa Bay needed to reach agreement on financial terms with Soriano before the trade can become official, sources said. The agreement, which was essentially in place Wednesday, was expected to be that the Rays will sign Soriano to a one-year contract in the $7 million range.

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Soriano's permission would be required, because he accepted the Braves' offer of arbitration earlier this week and is thus considered a signed player. The arbitration acceptance locked in a salary near $7 million or $8 million for Soriano. Chavez going to Atlanta marks the second time that he was traded this offseason. He went from Pittsburgh to Tampa Bay in the Akinori Iwamura deal. The Braves didn't expect Soriano to accept their arbitration offer. His decision to do so complicated their plans and potentially cost them a sum of money in the trade. But at least they are expected to salvage Chavez, who went 1-4 with a 4.01 ERA in 73 appearances this year for Pittsburgh.
Tagged: Braves, Pirates, Rays, Rafael Soriano, Jesse Chavez

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