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Tampa Bay Rays trade for RHP Rafael Soriano a done deal, will be officially announced Friday



The Rays anticipated trade with the Braves for closer Rafael Soriano is a done deal, and will be officially announced Friday.

The Braves will receive RHP reliever Jesse Chavez, whom the Rays had acquired in a trade with the Pirates this offseason for 2B Akinori Iwamura.

Soriano is in line for a salary of around $7-million, and the acquisition required an unexpected increase in the Rays payroll, toward $70-millon, and thus a commitment from ownership to make a serious bid this coming season for a postseason berth. 


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[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:52am]


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