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.
-- JOE SMITH