Mariners, RHP Soriano avoid arbitration

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a one-year, $450,000 contract with middle reliever Rafael Soriano, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 26-year-old right-hander made his major league debut for
Seattle in 2002 but missed the last half of the season with
shoulder problems. He had elbow ligament replacement surgery in
August 2004 and returned last Sept. 10, making his first major
league appearance in 16 months. He pitched in seven games for the
Mariners during the final weeks of the season, allowing six hits
and two runs in seven innings.

Soriano is 2-6 with 2 saves and a 3.24 ERA in 63 career major
league games, all with Seattle. He has 112 strikeouts and 32 walks
in 111 innings.

He would earn an additional $15,000 each for 40 and 45 points, $20,000 for 50 and $25,000 each for 55, 60 and 65, with Soriano accumulating two points for a start and one for a relief appearance.