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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 199
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tigers acquired RHP Joakim Soria from the Rangers for RHPs Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.
In Soria, the Tigers are acquiring one of the best and most experienced closers on the trade market. Soria has a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 42/4 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 innings this season, saving 17 games for the beleaguered Rangers. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has a decision to make as to how he wants to handle the closing duties between Soria and current closer Joe Nathan, so fantasy owners should pay attention to Ausmus' words and actions over the next few days. Neither closer should be dropped in fantasy leagues until one or the other is anointed as the clear-cut stopper. Jul 23 - 11:25 PM

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A source tells Scout.com's Kyle Bogenschutz that the Rangers have agreed to trade Joakim Soria to the Tigers.

Bogenschutz hears Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson, two right-handers in the Tigers' system, will go the other way in the deal. In Soria, the Tigers are acquiring a pitcher with a 2.70 ERA and 0.87 WHIP who has saved 17 games for the Rangers this season. Given Joe Nathan's struggles in Detroit, Soria could immediately take over as the ninth-inning reliever for the Tigers.
Jul 23 - 10:24 PM

Joakim Soria blew his second save of the season, forking over a run in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Rangers went on to lose in 14.

The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead on J.P. Arencibia's 13th-inning solo home run, but Soria immediately got into trouble, allowing a lead-off double to Brett Gardner in the bottom half. Jacoby Ellsbury later knocked Gardner in with a single. Soria is now 17-for-19 in save chances with a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 42/4 K/BB ratio.
Jul 23 - 12:10 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are having "ongoing discussions" with the Rangers regarding Joakim Soria.

The Angels and Blue Jays have also been connected to Soria. The Tigers are committed to keeping Joe Nathan in the closer role, so Soria would be used as a setup man if acquired. They're also looking at former Tiger and current Padre Joaquin Benoit. The veteran reliever boasts a 2.67 ERA and 40/4 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings this season for the Rangers.
Jul 18 - 10:22 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Angels, Blue Jays and Tigers have been in contact with Rangers regarding Joakim Soria.

The Angels would be the best landing spot for Soria from a fantasy perspective, as he would figure to have the best chance to remain a closer. Soria is making a reasonable $5.5 million this season with a $7 million club option for 2015, so it's no surprise that he's drawing interest. He's put up a 2.76 ERA and ridiculous 40/4 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 11 - 1:55 PM

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Tigers continue to explore the trade market for bullpen help and have shown interest in Joakim Soria, Jason Frasor and Chad Qualls.

With Joe Nathan looking every bit of 39-years-old in the ninth inning, the Tigers have been desperately searching for help in the late innings. Soria has been outstanding in the ninth inning for the Rangers, and could supplant Nathan in the closer's role, though his acquisition cost is likely to be high. The team has also shown interest in a reunion with former closer Joaquin Benoit.
Jul 5 - 10:32 AM

Joakim Soria shut down the Indians in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a two-run advantage and earning his 13th save of the season.

He did allow a two-out single to Michael Brantley, but no damage was done. Soria has done an incredible job in the ninth inning for the Rangers, posting a 2.05 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 30/3 K/BB ratio over his first 22 innings. As long as he remains healthy, he should be able to finish the season as an upper-echelon closer.
Jun 6 - 11:53 PM

Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 12th save in Thursday's win over the Orioles.

More weak contact for Soria, who induced a ground out and a pop out to left field along with a strikeout in a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The right-hander has allowed runs in only three of his 22 appearances. Soria has a 2.14 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and a 28/3 K/BB ratio in 21 innings on the season.
Jun 5 - 11:27 PM

Joakim Soria locked down his 11th save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth inning on Sunday to secure the Rangers' 2-0 win over the Nationals.

Soria, who also recorded two strikeouts on the day, is now 11-for-12 in save opportunities this year. He owns a 2.25 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and a sterling 27/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
Jun 1 - 5:59 PM

Joakim Soria converted his ninth save with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Twins.

Soria struck out two in the frame, bolstering his K/BB ratio to 24/3 in 18 1/3 innings. It was a nice bounce-back effort after blowing the save on Tuesday. Soria now has a 2.45 ERA, a 0.71 WHIP, and is 9-for-10 in save chances.
May 28 - 11:34 PM

Joakim Soria sustained his first blown save and took the loss against the Twins on Tuesday, allowing two runs (one earned) in 2/3 innings of work.

Soria gave up a one-out double to Oswaldo Arcia, and a single by Eduardo Nunez with two outs tied it up. Soria never actually gave up another hit, but a failed fielder's choice, intentional walk and throwing error later, Soria was walking off the field the loser. Even so, he's 8-for-9 in save opportunities and still owns a 2.60 ERA and 0.75 WHIP on the year. Tuesday was just a bad day.
May 27 - 11:06 PM

Joakim Soria earned his eighth save of 2014 in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Mariners.

Soria retired all three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning. It was only his second save since the beginning of May, but he boasts an outstanding 2.25 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, and 21/2 K/BB ratio in 16 total innings this season.
May 21 - 5:09 PM

Joakim Soria worked a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one, to lock down his fourth save of the season Monday in the Rangers' 4-3 victory over the A's.

The veteran reliever now has a 4.50 ERA and 0.88 WHIP, but the earned run average should be explained. Soria allowed three runs with a six-run inherited lead on April 8 against the Red Sox (Texas won 10-7, and Soria struck out all three batters he retired). Outside of that, he's given up just one run over seven innings. Soria is 4-for-4 in save chances and has logged an 8/2 K/BB ratio over eight frames.
Apr 22 - 1:56 AM

Joakim Soria earned his third save of the season Saturday in the Rangers' 6-3 victory over the White Sox.

Soria pitched a perfect ninth, retiring Tyler Flowers, Jordan Danks, and Alejandro De Aza in order. He hit a few road bumps earlier this month, but he's back on track now and will try to build on his current job security.
Apr 19 - 11:46 PM

Joakim Soria tossed a perfect frame to convert his second save of the season in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

Soria got a pair of groundouts and a strikeout in a painless ninth inning. The veteran reliever took a loss in his last appearance but had a nice bounce-back showing in this one. He has a 6.00 ERA so far but has nailed down both save chances.
Apr 17 - 7:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
3J.D. Martinez
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
2J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Joel Hanrahan
5Ian Krol
6Al Alburquerque
7Phil Coke
8Blaine Hardy
9Patrick McCoy
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon