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12/07/2006 12:23 PM ET
Mariners acquire left-handed starter Horacio Ramirez from Atlanta
Seattle sends Braves right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi today announced at the 2006 Winter Meetings that the Mariners acquired left-handed starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez in exchange for right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano.

"Our goal coming to the Winter Meetings was to get help in our starting rotation and that's what we did today," Bavasi said. "Horacio is a young, left-handed starter who makes us better immediately."

Ramirez, who turned 27 years old on Nov. 24, has a Major League record of 30-22 with a career ERA of 4.13 in 86 games, 84 starts since making his debut in 2003. He has a career Interleague record of 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA in eight starts vs. the American League.

A native of Carson, Calif., Ramirez was 5-5 with a 4.48 ERA (38ER/76.1IP) in 2006. He pitched in 14 games last season, making three trips to the disabled list. Ramirez suffered a strained left hamstring during his first start of the season and did not pitch again until May 27.

Ramirez missed one outing after he was hit on the left side of the head by a Lance Berkman line drive on June 11 at Houston. He made nine more starts until his final appearance Aug. 7. He was placed on the disabled list Aug. 11 with a sprained middle finger.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Ramirez has won 10 or more games twice in four Big League seasons, including 11 in 2005 and 12 as a rookie in 2003. He was 11-9 with a 4.63 ERA in 33 games (32 starts) and a career-high 202.1 innings in '05.

Soriano, after missing most of 2004 and 2005 due to injury, posted career highs in appearances (53), saves (2) and innings (60.0). The 26-year-old Soriano (turns 27 Dec. 19) did not pitch the last month of the 2006 campaign after being hit on the side of the head by a line drive off the bat of the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero in the eighth inning on Aug. 29 at Safeco Field. He was 1-2 with two saves and a 2.25 ERA (15ER/60.0IP) in '06.

Soriano has a career Major League mark of 4-8 with a 2.89 ERA (55ER/171.0) in 116 games (8 starts) from 2002-2006. He was originally signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent on Aug. 30, 1996.

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