The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Rob Biertempfel was the first to report that a trade was in the works. The deal is finalized with the Tigers getting prospect JaCoby Jones in return, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
soria goes to pirates. nice piuckup. team with melancon very good.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2015
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) July 30, 2015
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2015
This deal will definitely bolster the Pittsburgh bullpen, which already features All-Star closer Mark Melancon, who leads the National League with 32 saves. He Pittsburgh closer also has a 1.32 ERA, 33 strikeouts and 10 walks in 47 2/3 innings.
Soria, 31, has been great for the Tigers this season, posting a 2.85 ERA and 23 saves in 41 innings. The righty also has 36 strikeouts and 11 walks this year. He will most likely serve as the set-up man for the Pirates. Soria is under contract for $7 million this season and is still owed around $2.5 million. He will be a free agent at the after this season.