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Rays ink Soriano after trade with Braves

Updated: December 11, 2009, 8:30 PM ET
Associated Press

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

The deal sent right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Braves, who weren't willing to give Soriano a long-term contract and recently signed free agent relievers Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito.

The Rays were searching for bullpen help after the lack of a proven closer contributed to ...

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