Tigers trade rumors are hot and heavy as we approach the first game of the second half. According to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Detroit Tigers are not waiting around until the trading deadline in an attempt to add a piece to upgrade their bullpen. Once again, they are looking to the Texas Rangers to solve their annual closer crisis.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 18, 2014
If the acquisition for Joakim Soria actually happens, it would give the Tigers yet another veteran of Tommy John surgery in the back-end of their bullpen. Set-up man Joba Chamberlain and current closer Joe Nathan also have gotten the surgery, as has Joel Hanrahan, who is still trying to come back from it.
Then again, with so many Tommy John surgeries in recent years, it’s kinda hard to avoid having multiple pitchers on the staff with that on their proverbial resume.
Tigers’ fans remember Soria from his days of closing for the rival Kansas City Royals. During his time in KC, he recorded 160 saves from 2007 to 2011, receiving two All-Star nods along the way. He’s in his first full year post-surgery, and has been lights out with a 2.67 ERA, has converted 16 of 17 saves, and is currently sporting career highs with 11.9 K/9 and 1.2 BB/9.
Soria ascended to the closer role with Texas when Nathan departed for Detroit in a free agent deal this past off-season.