Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:37:19 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth inning to record the save Thursday, July 24. He was consistently hitting 93 and 94 mph with his fastball.
Fantasy Tip: This refreshing skill probably was partially fueled by the acquisition of Joakim Soria, an alternative for saves. Nathan isn't in the clear yet, but this is a big statement toward him locking down the job. He's lucky Brad Ausmus already has given him a long leash this season.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:19:32 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Joakim Soria is expected to make most of his appearances in the seventh inning but could also be used in the ninth inning if RP Joe Nathan is not available, according to manager Brad Ausmus.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:40:09 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan will remain the closer, and RP Joakim Soria, recently acquired from the Texas Rangers, will work in a setup role, according to general manager Dave Dombrowski.
Fantasy Tip: Nathan's hold on the job is precariously, and he can ill-afford any further blown saves with a proven closer in Soria on the roster and waiting in the wings.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:02:55 -0700
The Texas Rangers traded RP Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, July 23, according to a source. The Rangers will get RP Corey Knebel, and minor-league P Jake Thompson. The deal is pending physicals.
Fantasy Tip: The bullpen in Detroit has been a dumpster fire this season, and the team would likely be well ahead in the Central Division race if not for its shortcomings. It's uncertain yet whether Soria will step into closer duties in Motown, but fantasy owners of Joe Nathan have to dislike this deal tremendously. Nathan has struggled with plenty of blown saves, and it wouldn't be shocking to see Soria step right into ninth-inning duties.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:31:12 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria has a partial no-trade clause in his contract which stipulates a number of teams he cannot be traded. He does not know which teams are included, and he isn't worried about being traded before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. "I can't control that, so I don't worry about it," Soria said. "Obviously, people say things are there are rumors, but I don't worry about it too much."
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:34:14 -0700
Although the Texas Rangers have slumped horribly this season the team believes it still has a strong corps for the future and will not deal SP Yu Darvish, 3B Adrian Beltre or SS Elvis Andrus at the deadline. Players such as CL Joakim Soria or OF Alex Rios are expendable, however.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:26:52 -0700
Texas Rangers CL Joakim Soria is the subject of ongoing trade discussions with the Detroit Tigers.
Fantasy Tip: Soria's fantasy value would enhance quite a bit with the move to a winning team in a much more pitcher-friendly park.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:56:08 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon and Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria aren't of much interest to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in their search to beef up the back end of their bullpen at the trade deadline.
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:08:41 -0700
The Texas Rangers are willing to trade RP Joakim Soria if they receive a substantial package in return, according to multiple major league sources. They are seeking two or three prospects in exchange for Soria.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:44:38 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria is attracting trade interest from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers, according to sources.
Fantasy Tip: It's unknown if Soria would be considered for the ninth-inning job in any of those new locations if he's traded, but it's worth keeping an eye on if he's available on your waiver wire and you are in need of saves.