First on The Braves Show: Ramirez for 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. Recommended Stories

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