When the Texas Rangers traded Joakim Soria to Detroit last year prior to the July 31 trade deadline, it was an official white flag thrown up high by the Rangers on what was a lost season. The Rangers were trading their closer, but getting two nice pieces in return.
Of course, those two pieces were a future big-league starting pitcher in Jake Thompson and relief pitcher Corey Knebel, who was flipped and turned into Yovani Gallardo. With that return, it's hard to even consider questioning Rangers GM Jon Daniels. With that said, Soria sure would look nice in the Rangers' bullpen now.
Soria pitched 13 games for the Tigers last year and posted an ERA near 5.00 after being basically untouchable as a Ranger. This year, he's back to his Rangers self in Detroit, and probably better.
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Soria notched yet another save on Monday, and heading into the weekend he'd allowed only two baserunners all season.
Soria said last year's struggles were all about health, possibly from being overworked like the entire Rangers bullpen in 2014 was.
"I have better command this year," Soria told M Live. "It's working. I'm healthy now and everything's working good."