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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
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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The Red Sox are no longer in the running for free agent reliever Joakim Soria after acquiring Craig Kimbrel, per Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
No surprise here, as the Red Sox now have Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, and Robbie Ross setting up. Soria is reportedly open to any bullpen role as long as his contract demands are met. He's said to be asking for a three-year deal in the range of $27 million. The Tigers, Rangers and Royals are all rumored to have interest, but you can cross the Sox off the list of intrigued parties. Soria turns 32 in May. Nov 18 - 4:30 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman wrote that the Mets are interested in Joakim Soria.

The Mets are joining a long line of interested parties. Among them, the Tigers, Red Sox, Rangers and Royals are all rumored to be interested in acquiring Soria. In 72 games between the Tigers and Pirates, the veteran reliever held a 2.53 ERA and 64/19 K/BB ratio across 67 2/3 innings. He also converted 24 saves (23 with the Tigers, one with the Pirates).
Nov 11 - 6:25 PM

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi is reporting that the Royals are interested in bringing back former closer Joakim Soria.

Morosi tweeted that while the Royals are interested in a possible Soria reunion, the talks remain in the preliminary stage. The 31-year-old reliever last pitched for the Royals in 2011, when he saved 28 games with a 4.03 ERA across 60 1/3 innings. Other reportedly interested parties for Soria's services include the Tigers, the Red Sox and the Rangers.
Nov 11 - 5:17 PM

Jason Beck of reports that the Tigers met with Joakim Soria's agent, Oscar Suarez, on Wednesday.

The meeting was expected. There's mutual interest in a reunion, but no contract talks have taken place yet. Soria is one the best free agent relievers on the market and the Tigers might have more of a sense of urgency than others with an obvious need at closer.
Nov 11 - 3:38 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Red Sox have expressed interest in Joakim Soria.

Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski traded for Soria when he was the GM of the Tigers. The market for the veteran reliever is heating up already, as Morosi reported earlier Tuesday that the Rangers and Tigers (two of the Soria's former clubs) are interested. Soria registered a 2.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 64/19 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings this past season between Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Nov 10 - 9:22 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that free agent reliever Joakim Soria has drawn interest from the Tigers and Rangers.

It has already been reported that the Tigers are expected to meet with the representatives for Soria at this week's GM meetings. It's worth noting that the 31-year-old has previously pitched for both teams. He's near the top of a weak class of free agent relievers, with the flexibility to serve as a closer or set-up man.
Nov 10 - 1:46 PM

According to Tony Paul of the Detroit News, the Tigers are expected to meet with the representatives for free agent Joakim Soria at this week's GM Meetings.

Soria registered a shiny 2.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 64/19 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings this past season between the Tigers and Pirates. He would presumably return to closing duties in Detroit, where he saved 23 games in 2015. The 31-year-old right-hander worked as a setup man with Pittsburgh, earning one save and 23 holds.
Nov 9 - 8:31 AM

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

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

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