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.