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Reds have been “talking to” free agent Joakim Soria

Nov 11, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

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The Reds are considering moving left-hander Aroldis Chapman into their starting rotation next season.

So they’ll need to make an addition or two this winter in order to beef up the back end of their bullpen.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cincy front office has been “talking to” free agent right-hander Joakim Soria, who underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in early April. He is expected to be ready at some point in early-to-mid May. The Reds might also re-sign right-hander Ryan Madson, who is recovering from the same procedure but should be good by Opening Day.

Soria, 28, owns a sparkling 2.40 career ERA and 1.04 career WHIP. He is 160-for-180 in save chances.

  1. ibleedroyalblue - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    I think this is great! I love Soria and I love the Reds!

  2. rmosss - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Make it happen!!! And also hire a really good hitting coach! I’m sick and tired of the team strinking out and not moving runners over. This team top to bottom excluding Votto want to pull EVERYTHING! They live and die by the long ball. And we still need a leadoff hitter. Acquire someone and make sure Stubbs is in the transaction!!!

  3. kcrobert10 - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Still a chance he will come back to kc. He still loves the team and city but I can’t see him replacing Holland now. So if he wants to go somewhere he can be the closer I can’t fault him for that. He is a major risk though for said team he had a down yr the yr before he got hurt again he is coming off 2 tommy johns surgeries and won’t be able to pitch till probably June could be the all star break in all honesty. Good luck joakim you have been a gentleman and a true competitor someone all kc fans loved even with the really bad teams you were on.

  4. fuddpucker - Nov 12, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    Hopefully Soria can come back strong from his 2nd TJ surgery. He’s a very likeable dude and he’s still very young. Best of luck Joakim!

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