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As a closer on the team with the worst record in the majors, Joakim Soria is a luxury the Texas Rangers don't need and should try to cash in on while they can.
Soria, 30, is having a fantastic bounce-back campaign (17 SV, 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP) in his first full season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. If anything, that makes the right-hander even more likely to be traded, even if Soria himself says he'd like to remain a Ranger, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
The Detroit Tigers, which have had a desperate need for stability in the late innings for the past few seasons, have had "ongoing discussions" about Soria, according to Morosi.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski is known for finding creative ways to bolster any weaknesses that crop up over the first half of a season.
In 2012, he traded for righty Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante in one fell swoop; last year, he covered the suspension of shortstop Jhonny Peralta by getting Jose Iglesias. Also worth noting? None of those players wound up being half-season rentals, which shows that Dombrowski has one eye on the future, too.
Another such move might be required of Dombrowski, with closer Joe Nathan—MLB's active saves leader—going through a shockingly terrible year (5.89 ERA, five blown saves). And wouldn't you know it: Soria is under contract through 2015 and comes at a team-friendly price of $7 million.
Fact: Look, the Tigers need to bring in some bullpen help, because they cannot afford to have their World Series hopes blown up by the bullpen yet again, and Soria is arguably the best available reliever now that Huston Street has moved.
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