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Report: Tigers interested in Joakim Soria, Jason Frasor, Chad Qualls

Jul 5, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT


Father Time appears to be catching up with Joe Nathan, so the Tigers are looking to the trade market to fortify the late innings.

Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the Tigers are interested in Joakim Soria and Jason Frasor of the Rangers and Chad Qualls of the Astros, among others. All three pitchers have experience in the closer role.

Nathan, 39, owns an ugly 6.16 ERA over 33 appearances this season and is tied for second in the majors with five blown saves. Joba Chamberlain has pitched well in a set-up capacity, but the Tigers could use some reinforcements. Joel Hanrahan signed a one-year deal with the club in May, but he hasn’t been cleared for game action yet as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier this week that the Tigers are “quite interested” in a possible reunion with Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit. The 36-year-old saved 24 games for Detroit last season. Benoit’s teammate in San Diego, Huston Street, could be another potential target.

  1. rawdog2013 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Maybe they can make a trade to get Fister back, Dumbrowski.

    A’s > Kittens

    • pwshrugged - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Not sure how Fister would make the bullpen better, other than by putting Smyly back there? The starting rotation, as it is, has been one of the best in baseball.

    • tigersfandan - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      We did sweep you, by the way.

    • clydeserra - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      people that talk this way don’t really advance the conversation.

    • mmis90 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      apparently you don’t watch the postseason?

  2. drewzducks - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Just wait another 3 weeks or so for Koji to become available.

  3. miguelcairo - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Qualls, the falling fist bump.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    The bullpen has been a problem in Detroit for the last few years, and they really haven’t done too much to fix the problem. Everyone thought that Nathan would be the answer at closer, and I think he’ll be ok in the long run, but I’d still like to see some better arms in the pen for the late innings. Not sure how I feel about Benoit, though.

  5. greymares - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Please consider Jonathon Papelbon.

  6. alongthegulf - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Allowing Joe Nathan to walkaway was the only smart move Jon Daniels made this year.

  7. healthgoddess11 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM


  8. healthgoddess11 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM


  9. healthgoddess11 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    What about Evan Reed coming back? Alburquerque was sent down last year for a few weeks and came back stronger than ever

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