Braves trade Rafael Soriano to Rays

BY foxsports • December 11, 2009

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The
Tampa Bay Rays have completed a trade with the Atlanta Braves,
acquiring right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano and signing the reliever
to a $7.25 million, one-year contract.

deal Friday sends right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Braves, who
considered Soriano expendable after recently signing free agent
relievers Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito.

The Rays were searching for bullpen help after the lack of a proven
closer contributed to the 2008 AL champions not getting back to the
playoffs this year.

With several pitchers sharing the role, Tampa Bay wound up with 22 blown saves -- eighth most in the major leagues.

Soriano had a career-best 27 saves in 31 opportunities for the Braves
last season. In 75 2-3 innings, he struck out 102 while walking 27.

Received 12/11/09 02:43 pm ET

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