Report: Pirates acquire Joakim Soria from Tigers

The Detroit Tigers are becoming active sellers. After trading away David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays, the team has traded closer Joakim Soria to the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to James Schmehl of MLive Media Group and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

It’s not surprising to see that the Pirates are acquiring Soria, given that Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reported that the Pirates were interested in the veteran reliever earlier this afternoon.

Soria, 31, has had a solid season with the Tigers, going 3-1 with 23 saves, a 2.85 ERA and 36/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

With the Pirates, Soria likely will be put in the set-up role since Pittsburgh’s current closer Mark Melancon is having a great year, as he’s put up a 2-1 record, 32 saves, a 1.32 ERA and 33/10 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

It’s unclear who will be going to the Tigers in the deal.

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