Just months after a trade that sent Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Prince Fielder, the Texas Rangers are ready to send yet another crucial piece to the first-place cats. Detroit and Texas have been engaged in serious trade talks involving closer Joakim Soria.
Tigers are having ongoing discussions with the Rangers about reliever Joakim Soria, sources say. @FOXSports1
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 18, 2014
Why would the Rangers trade yet another big piece of their puzzle? It could be the fact that they are 38-57 at the MLB All-Star break and 21 games out of first place with less than half a season to go.
Not many thought that Texas would lose the Kinsler-Fielder trade so dramatically as Kinsler was a borderline all-star and Fielder had season-ending neck surgery, but the two teams are ready to take yet another crack at a big-time trade.
Soria, 30, has saved 16 games in 17 chances for the Rangers and is one of the more reliable closers in baseball this season.
With an ERA of just 2.67, the Tigers could acquire him for the ninth-inning role and move Joe Nathan to the eighth inning — if he’s not involved in this deal.
Nathan, who played for the Rangers last season and had a career-year, has been quite the disappointment for Detroit, recording five blown saves and an elevated 5.61 ERA in just 36 appearances — that’s a bit disappointing for a guy who’s making roughly $10 million a year.
Adding Soria could solve many problems for the Tigers in one swift move. If they add him, they won’t have to rely on the suddenly-unreliable Nathan for closing situations, instead they can count on a guy who has blown more than four saves in a season just once and has a sparkling 0.79 WHIP this year.
Detroit’s biggest need is the bullpen and making a move with Texas would be perfect.
Could the Rangers help the Tigers in their chase for a World Series title for the second time in a matter of months? It’s looking likely.
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