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Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Rangers

Jul 23, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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Kyle Bogenschutz of and Detroit’s 97.1 The Ticket reports that the Tigers have acquired reliever Joakim Soria from the Rangers in exchange for pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi says the deal is only pending the three physical exams.

Soria has been solid as the Texas closer this season, boasting a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 42/4 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. He could eventually — or immediately — take over the ninth-inning job in Detroit, where veteran Joe Nathan has been unreliable.

Soria didn’t come cheap for the Tigers, who lead the AL Central but are gearing up for October. Thompson was a second-round pick in 2012 out of a Texas high school and owns a promising 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 203/69 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 career innings between rookie ball and Double-A Erie. He’s only 20 years old. Knebel was a first-round pick in 2013 (39th overall) and has registered a dominant 1.26 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 84/27 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 minor league innings. The 22-year-old out of the University of Texas had also made eight relief appearances for the big-league Tigers this season, though the results were not spectacular.

Soria is making $5.5 million this season and carries a $7 million club option for the 2015 campaign.

  1. bostonfrogs - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    They had to do it, but WOW what a price. They better win it all this year, because the long term ramifications are not going to be pretty once Scherzer leaves.

  2. jkaflagg - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Every year teams that fall out of contention hope to trade their closers to desperate contenders for a bounty of prospects; usually they end up with somewhat less than they hoped, but it looks like the Rangers got two good prospects here…..Tigers obviously felt that mid-level bullpen acquisitions such as Jose Veras last year do not get it done in the playoffs, and upped the ante by offering better prospects for a better return; considering their talented core is aging it’s a good gamble to get to the Series this year.

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