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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 199
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Joakim Soria was staked to a six-run lead in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Red Sox, but allowed three runs.

Soria pitched once since Wednesday, so manager Ron Washington was just keeping him sharp. Soria did strike out the side, but allowed three singles and a double as the Red Sox tried to put together a late rally. Hardship in low-leverage situations isn't uncommon for closers, so this shouldn't be a common theme for the right-hander.
Apr 8 - 9:30 PM

Joakim Soria pitched a clean ninth inning against the Rays to pick up his first save of the season Sunday.

Soria was actually the winner in Tuesday's game, but he hadn't had a chance to close a game until Sunday. He answered the bell, cutting through Ryan Hanigan, Yunel Escobar and David DeJesus to get the save. It's the first of what could be many behind a strong Rangers team.
Apr 6 - 5:41 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2Robinson Chirinos
3Chris Gimenez
1B1J.P. Arencibia
2Prince Fielder
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jake Smolinski
3Jim Adduci
CF1Leonys Martin
2Engel Beltre
RF1Alex Rios
2Daniel Robertson
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Nick Tepesch
6Scott Baker
7Nick Martinez
8Miles Mikolas
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Alexi Ogando
3Neal Cotts
4Tanner Scheppers
5Shawn Tolleson
6Neftali Feliz
7Ryan Feierabend
8Roman Mendez
9Joseph Ortiz
10Pedro Figueroa