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Reliever Rafael Soriano, former Yankee, to join Cubs on Monday

In this Oct. 4, 2014, file photo,

In this Oct. 4, 2014, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Rafael Soriano (29) throws in the 16th inning of Game 2 of baseball's NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants in Nationals Park in Washington. Credit: AP / Patrick Semansky

ATLANTA - Cubs manager Joe Maddon says reliever Rafael Soriano, a Yankees pitcher from 2011-2012, will join the team Monday in Cincinnati, and Edwin Jackson will be designated for assignment.

Following Sunday's 4-1 victory over Atlanta, Maddon said that Soriano will return to the majors after pitching a combined seven games at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.

Chicago signed the 35-year-old Soriano to a pro-rated contract on June 12.

Jackson went 16-34 with a 5.37 ERA in 82 games, including 58 starts, after signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs in January 2013.

Soriano, a former closer with the Braves, Yankees, Rays and Nationals, is 22-28 with a 2.85 ERA and 207 saves in 585 career games. He saved 32 games in 39 chances last year for Washington.

Jason Motte is the Cubs' current closer.


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