First on The Braves Show: Ramirez for Soriano

Rafael Soriano

The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more from the Winter Meetings in Orlando.

The Braves Show has learned that the Atlanta Braves have agreed to trade left-handed starter Horacio Ramirez to the Seattle Mariners for right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano.

Soriano was 1-2 last season for the Mariners with a 2.25 ERA in 53 games. He allowed 44 hits in 60 innings pitched, 15 earned runs, 21 walks, and 65 strikeouts.

The hard-throwing reliever turns 27 in a few weeks. He's been in the big leagues for parts of five seasons. Soriano will help set up Bob Wickman in the Braves' bullpen next year.

Ramirez had an injury-plagued 2006 season with the Braves. He was 5-5 in 14 games with a 4.48 ERA. Ramirez pulled his hamstring the first week of the season and then injured his finger in August.

The Braves are also close to a trade that would acquire reliever Mike Gonzalez from the Pirates in exchange for first baseman Adam LaRoche.

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