Tigers expected to pick up Soria’s option
The Tigers made a high-profile midseason trade for Joakim Soria last year that did not pan out, but they’re hoping to see better results from him in 2015.
The team is reportedly set to pick up Soria’s $7 million option, MLB.com‘s Jason Beck reported on Friday. The Detroit Free Press‘ Anthony Fenech first reported the news.
Soria, who previously closed for the Royals and the Rangers, was acquired by the Tigers from Texas on July 23 but appeared in only 13 games largely due to injury, as well as an unclear role in the Detroit bullpen.
He had a 2.70 ERA in 35 games (17 saves) with Texas before posting a 4.91 ERA with Detroit (one save). Soria was twice an All-Star with Kansas City, saving 160 games in five years.
Beck tweeted Friday that Soria is expected to handle the 8th inning duties with free agent Joba Chamberlain gone and Bruce Rondon hopefully back from Tommy John surgery. Joe Nathan will be back, and expected to close.
— Joey Nowak