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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joakim Soria got the final two outs of Sunday's 3-0 win over the Reds, earning his first save as a member of the Pirates.
Soria took the mound after regular closer Mark Melancon was ejected for hitting Tucker Barnhart with a pitch, putting runners on first and second with one out. Soria got Eugenio Suarez to fly out, and Ivan De Jesus, Jr. to ground out to end the game. Soria's save situations should be very few and far between behind Melancon in the final two months. Aug 2 - 4:48 PM

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Pirates acquired RHP Joakim Soria from the Tigers for SS JaCoby Jones.

While it's a major hit to the fantasy value for the veteran right-hander, he will bolster an already elite Pirates bullpen that boasts Tony Watson and Jared Hughes in front of closer Mark Melancon.
Jul 30 - 7:10 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates have agreed to a deal with the Tigers for Joakim Soria.

James Schmehl of first reported the two sides were nearing a deal. It's unclear at the moment what the Tigers will receive in return. Soria will see his fantasy value take a major hit as he's relegated to a setup role behind Mark Melancon.
Jul 30 - 6:17 PM

According to James Schmehl of, the Pirates are close to acquiring Joakim Soria from the Tigers.

It's unclear who the Tigers would receive in return. Soria has posted a 2.85 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio over 41 innings this season while going 23-for-26 in save chances, but he would likely move into a set-up role for Mark Melancon in Pittsburgh. The 31-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter.
Jul 30 - 5:50 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are "working to trade" closer Joakim Soria.

Soria would make sense for the Blue Jays -- the team the Tigers just traded David Price to -- but it doesn't appear there's anything happening on that front. Soria, 31, has a 2.85 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this season for Detroit and he is 23-for-26 in save opportunities. As usual, just about every contending club is looking for relief help.
Jul 30 - 12:53 PM

Joakim Soria converted his 23rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Rays.

Soria plunked Evan Longoria with a pitch with two outs but was able to get Tim Beckham to go down swinging to end it. It's been a nice season for the veteran reliever, as he boasts a 2.85 ERA and has nailed down 23 of 26 save opportunities. Soria could get traded this week if the Tigers decide to sell.
Jul 29 - 3:06 PM

Joakim Soria got four outs for his 22nd save on Wednesday as the Tigers topped the Mariners by a 9-4 score.

The Tigers, ahead 8-4 in the top of the eighth inning, saw the Mariners put runners on first and second with two outs, so Soria was brought in to extinguish the threat. He got Brad Miller to ground out. In the ninth inning, he worked around a leadoff single followed by a walk by inducing a ground ball double play and a line out to end the game. Soria is now 22-for-25 in save chances with a 3.08 ERA and a 33/10 K/BB ratio over 38 innings.
Jul 22 - 10:33 PM

Joakim Soria set the Mariners down in 1-2-3 fashion in the ninth inning for his 21st save on Monday as the Tigers won 5-4.

Soria got Brad Miller to line out, Kyle Seager to ground out, and Nelson Cruz to strike out in a tidy 13-pitch frame. Though Soria has been less reliable during the summer, he's still 21-for-24 in save chances with a 3.19 ERA and a 33/9 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. The Tigers are still on the prowl for bullpen help, which could potentially zero out Soria's fantasy value.
Jul 20 - 10:32 PM

Joakim Soria made it interesting Wednesday but finished off the Mariners to earn his 19th save of the season.

After getting two quick outs, Soria walked Nelson Cruz and Franklin Gutierrez to put the tying run in scoring position for Mark Trumbo. Soria got Trumbo to go down swinging, though, ending the threat and the game. Soria has been just what the doctor ordered for the bullpen-deficient Tigers this season, posting a 2.41 ERA and 0.98 WHIP overall.
Jul 8 - 7:16 PM

Joakim Soria worked a scoreless ninth inning on Friday to protect a two-run advantage against the Blue Jays.

Soria allowed just a single and struck out two during his inning of work. He has been a rock at the back of the Tigers' bullpen this season, compiling a 2.48 ERA and 28/5 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings while converting 18 of his first 20 save chances.
Jul 3 - 10:17 PM

Joakim Soria earned his 15th save of the season Wednesday in the Tigers' defeat of the A's.

Soria gave up a leadoff single to Stephen Vogt and a one-out walk to Mark Canha, but he ended the threat by striking out Brett Lawrie and Marcus Semien in order. Soria boasts a 1.27 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 17/4 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings this season and should remain a highly valuable fantasy closer all year on another good Tigers team.
May 27 - 6:53 PM

Joakim Soria held the Athletics scoreless in the ninth inning, earning his 14th save as the Tigers held on to win 1-0 on Tuesday.

Soria allowed a two-out double to Sam Fuld, but got Billy Burns to fly out to left field to end the game. It was the first time Soria had pitched since blowing the save against the Astros on May 21. He's 14-for-15 in save chances thus far with a 1.33 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
May 27 - 1:13 AM

Joakim Soria allowed a solo home run to Preston Tucker in the top of the ninth inning to blow his first save of the season during Thursday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Astros.

Well that was unexpected. Soria came into the contest a perfect 13-for-13 on save chances and the pinch-hitting Preston Tucker stepped up with just 28 at-bats and zero home runs. One pitch changed all of that. It marked the end of a slow bleed for the Tigers, who entered the seventh inning with a 5-0 lead and saw the Astros score three in that frame, one in the eighth and the game-tying run in the ninth. Despite the blown save, Soria remains a top-tier fantasy closer and currently boasts a 1.42 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
May 21 - 4:57 PM

Joakim Soria notched his 12th save of the season Saturday in the Tigers' 4-3 extra-innings win over the Cardinals.

Matt Holliday led off the bottom of the 10th with a drive into the right-center field gap, but he got thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double. Matt Adams then laced a one-out single, but Soria battled back to whiff Mark Reynolds and Yadier Molina in order. Soria owns a stellar 1.06 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season and he has not blown a save opportunity. He should remain a top-tier closer all year.
May 16 - 7:47 PM

Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure his 10th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Soria entered with the Tigers up 6-4. The Royals battled him tough and forced him to throw 15 pitches, but 13 of those went for strikes and Soria never caved. With the clean inning, he picked up his 10th save and lowered his ERA to 1.54. He currently holds a 7/2 K/BB in 11 2/3 innings. He's looked great since taking over as closer for the ailing Joe Nathan (elbow).
May 3 - 6:54 PM

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