Thursday, December 10, 2009

Braves closer Soriano headed to Rays

Rafael Soriano is being traded from Atlanta to Tampa Bay, according to reports, which would seemingly fill the Rays' need for a closer.

Soriano made 27 saves last season. He's also due to make big bucks because he's eligible for arbitration. Atlanta offered him arbitration and didn't expect him to take it. When he did, the Braves had a surplus of relievers and needed to trade him.

He's being traded for pitcher Jesse Chavez, who came to Tampa Bay from Pittsburgh in the Akinori Iwamura trade.

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