The Braves took a step Thursday to solidify the back end of their bullpen when they signed Rafael Soriano to a two year, $8.5 million contract. Soriano is expected to close games this year for the Braves, who have been searching for a stable closer since John Smoltz returned to the starting rotation.
Soriano had a 3.00 ERA in 71 appearances and 70 innings this year, with a career high 72 strikeouts. Despite a slump mid-year, he returned to form at the end of the season and converted 9 out of 12 save opportunities.
The Braves hope that Soriano is a more stable answer to...
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