Multiple media outlets report the Detroit Tigers have acquired right-handed reliever Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitchers Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson.
Many consider the Tigers' bullpen as its weakness. Soria, previously the Rangers' closer, has 17 saves this season in 19 chances. He was the set-up man for Joe Nathan, now the Tigers' closer, last season in Texas.
Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. He missed all of 2012 after suffering a right elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Soria was an All-Star in 2008 and 2010 with the Royals. This season, he has strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.5-to-1 (42 strikeouts, four walks).
Knebel, a rookie, had a pair of stints with the Tigers this season coming out of the bullpen. In eight games, he did not record a win or loss with a 6.32 ERA.
Thompson, 20, is one of the Tigers' highly-touted pitching prospects. The right-hander was in the Futures All-Star Game this month in Minneapolis. He was recently promoted to Double-A Erie after posting a 3.14 ERA in 83 innings in Single-A Lakeland.
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