Tigers to acquire closer Joakim Soria from Texas
MLB Trade Rumors reported that the Detroit Tigers are going to make a trade for Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joakim Soria. The trade would send Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel over in exchange.
Soria has been the Rangers closer this season, earning 17 saves with an ERA of 2.70. The Tigers were rumored to be in the running for another closer since Joe Nathan has been struggling all season long. The trade would bolster the Tigers bullpen. Soria’s contract lasts until the end of the season, meaning the Tigers will only have control of him for the remainder of 2014 season. He will become a free agent afterwards.
Since breaking out in 2007 with the Kansas City Royals, Soria has been one of the most consistent closers in the majors. Soria has yet to allow a home run this season in 33.1 innings pitched.
Ex-Tigers top prospect Maybin suspended 25 games.
Cameron Maybin, who was once considered one of Detroit’s top prospects, has been suspended for 25 games for testing positive for amphetamines, a banned substance. Maybin currently plays for the San Diego Padres.
Maybin stated about the matter: “I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder, for which I had a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK’d, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive.” Maybin will not challenge the suspension.
Maybin was traded to the Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins) in 2007 prior to the 2008 season, the trade that brought home future superstar Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. Mike Rabelo, Andrew Miller, Dalla Trahern, Eulogio De La Cruz, and Burke Badenhop were also included in the trade from Detroit. Maybin was eventually traded to the San Diego Padres in 2010. He signed a 5-year $25 million extension prior to the 2012 season.
J.D Martinez battling quad discomfort
J.D Martinez was held out of the lineup in today’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to discomfort in his upper quad. The injury surfaced after his eighth inning single in last night’s game.
Manager Brad Ausmus does not expect the injury to keep Martinez out of the lineup for any length of time, and noted that he would be available to pinch hit in today’s game if needed. Martinez is expected to be cleared to play in tomorrow’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, barring any setbacks.