By Steve Ungrey on July 28, 2014
It came as no surprise when Joakim Soria was dealt to the Detroit Tigers because the Texas Rangers wanted to move some of their top players in an effort to rebuild for 2015. What can we take away from Soria joining the Tigers, however? It all depends on how certain things shake out.
Although Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Nathan would be his closer, the reality is that Nathan may be yanked into an eighth-inning setup role for Soria after a few more poor outings.
It has gotten to the point where Tigers fans routinely cringe when Coke comes out of the bullpen, and Detroit may choose to cut its losses with the reliever and designate him for assignment. His missteps have cost the Tigers, although the reality is the team's pen is shaky as a whole.
Joba Chamberlain could bring a solid lights-out pitching game to the seventh inning, leaving the eighth for Soria and the ninth for Nathan. Chamberlain could stabilize the relief corps by coming in during non-save situations.
The injury to Jose Iglesias, and lackluster play from Alex Gonzalez and Andrew Romine made Tigers fans wonder if a move needed to be made for a shortstop. Instead, the emergence of Eugenio Suarez has stabilized a position that was shaky early on.
J.D. Martinez has brought some pop to the offense. The team may still go after another bat at the deadline, but don't be surprised if the Tigers stand pat in that area. Martinez may be the answer the Tigers hoped for, and he didn't cost too much.
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