Dombrowski sought out Nathan, Kinsler before getting Soria

DETROIT -- When the Detroit Tigers became serious about acquiring Joakim Soria this month, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said he had manager Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones discuss the possibility with closer Joe Nathan and All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler. They had been teammates with Soria the last two seasons as Texas Rangers. "They explained (Soria...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
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Tigers pay big price for Joakim Soria, and may not be done yet

The Detroit Tigers were going to add a reliever to their bullpen. There wasn’t a question of whether or not they’d do, but rather who general manager Dave Dombrowski would pick up before the July 31 trade deadline. Dombrowski got his man on Wednesday, acquiring Joakim Soria from the Rangers. The price was a steep one, as the Tigers gave up two of their top prospects — Double...
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5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers pay big price for Joakim Soria, and may not be done yet

The Detroit Tigers were going to add a reliever to their bullpen. There wasn’t a question of whether or not they’d do, but rather who general manager Dave Dombrowski would pick up before the July 31 trade deadline. Dombrowski got his man on Wednesday, acquiring Joakim Soria from the Rangers. The price was a steep one, as the Tigers gave up two of their top prospects — Double...
Via The Outside Corner
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Neftali Feliz (RP, TEX) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Immediately ANALYSIS: The closer carousel continues as Joakim Soria has been shipped to the Tigers to either close or setup for incumbent Joe Nathan, opening a spot at the backend of the Texas Rangers bullpen. Enter Neftali Feliz, who should walk right into that open spot and run with it all the way to […]
Via RotoBaller
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joakim Soria and the Value of a Postseason Relief Ace

The Tigers, as they seemingly always do, have a bullpen problem. They rank 26th in the majors in bullpen ERA (4.37) and 25th in FIP (3.92), as Joe Nathan has been a disaster in the ninth inning, and Al Albuquerque, Phil Coke, and Ian Krol haven’t been very good at protecting leads before Nathan takes […]
Via Fangraphs
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nathan To Remain Closer? You Must Be Joakim

Like a good Jewish boy, Brad Ausmus said to his Bubbie, "Bubbie, I love sulfites, nitrates and pig a**holes, but every time I see a Nathan's, I get the runs. Bubbie, do you have a remedy?" His Bubbie lowered her knitting and said, "You need to get a goddamn decent closer!" And so it was done. Unfortunately, due to being wracked with guilt (or possibly...
Via Razzball
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers acquire Joakim Soria from Rangers

The Tigers have acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Rangers in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, Detroit announced on Wednesday night. The deal was first reported by Kyle Bogenschutz of and Jon Morosi of Soria will likely assume the closer role for the Tigers, who entered the day with the fourth-worst bullpen...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tigers Acquire Closer Joakim Soria From Rangers

Joakim Soria saved 17 games with the Texas Rangers this season – Mandatory Credit: Cooper Neill/Getty Images via According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Detroit Tigers have reportedly acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. This trade is pending passed physicals. Tigers and Rangers have trade agreement in place...
Via The Sports Journal
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Trade Joakim Soria To The Detroit Tigers

The Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a trade that will send Joakim Soria to the Tigers and Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel to the Rangers.Soria has served as the Rangers closer this season, and has saved 17 games. He has a 2.70 ERA and a WHIP of 0.87. With Joe Nathan struggling as Detroit's closer this year, Soria could end up becoming the 9th inning man for...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: Jonathan Papelbon edition

The trade deadline is upon us as it is just over a week away and for the Detroit Tigers, making a move for help in the bullpen is the area to address still as they look to pull away in the American League Central. While it may take a lot to offer, trading for Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is just one of the many relief pitchers the Tigers could look into bringing...
2 days ago  |  1 Comment

Indians poised for first sweep in Detroit in six seasons

The Cleveland Indians not only have a chance to sweep their first series at Detroit in six seasons, but also trim another game off the Tigers' lead in the AL Central. The Indians can complete the four-game sweep with a fifth consecutive victory Sunday against the Tigers, who will try to avoid matching a season high with their fifth straight defeat. After Corey Kluber came one...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers closer Nathan falters again as trade deadline approaches

DETROIT -- The drumbeat is getting louder as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches. "The bullpen is terrible! ... Why are the Tigers still using Joe Nathan? ... Bring back Benoit! Bring in Soria!" Variations on those themes can be found throughout social media, especially on a night like Saturday, when the Tigers lost their third straight game to the Cleveland Indians...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

VerHagen Makes MLB Debut; Nathan Gets Toppled as Tigs go 0-2 In Doubleheader

Brad Ausmus leaned heavily on the bullpen as the Tigers couldn’t get a quality start from either starter in the day/night doubleheader on Saturday. In game 1, rookie Drew VerHagen was called up from Triple-A Toledo to make his MLB debut. This coming after previous Toledo call-up Robbie Ray had a couple of bad outings in his last starts for the Mud Hens. VerHagen started with a...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians rough up Nathan for doubleheader sweep of Tigers

DETROIT (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win Saturday night that sealed a sweep of the doubleheader. The Indians have won four straight, three in a row at Detroit, to pull within 4 games of the AL Central-leading Tigers. Cleveland won the first game 6-2 thanks in large part to...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: Joaquin Benoit edition

As the days get closer to the trade deadline, the Detroit Tigers have still to make a trade in order to help improve a bullpen that makes you hold your breath as a fan. The addition of San Diego Padres relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit could be a move that could help Tigers’ fans exhale. Now you are probably thinking “how many articles is this guy going to write about the Tigers...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.90 Postgame: Tigers 5, Royals 1

Solid win all the way around. The game followed suit for a lot of Det/KC games this year until the Tigers’ outburst in the 9th.  That’s 6-0 in KC this season, as the Royals are this year’s 2013 Indians. Three stars: 1) Rick Porcello – he was dealing again. Only 6 hits in 7 IPs, but he did walk 3. Two of the baserunners were erased on double plays. 2) JD Martinez – leading...
Via Tigers Weblog
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Rumors: Jonathan Papelbon will waive no-trade clause for trade to contender

The closer position in baseball is one of the hardest positions to fill. A team needs a guy that can usually throw high 90's heat with an off speed pitch to fool hitters. But the thing is for some teams it is hard to stay consistent from season to season. The Philadelphia Phillies closer, Jonathan Papelbon has stayed consistent over the years from the Boston Red Sox and now the...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ausmus says Nathan's turnaround is 'enormous' for Tigers

DETROIT -- There was only one major question where the Detroit Tigers were concerned at the mid-way point of the season. Was Joe Nathan going to be the dependable closer they anticipated? Nathan has blown five saves in 22 opportunities and had a 6.37 ERA when the last road trip concluded. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski and manager Brad Ausmus both stood by him, but how much...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: Joakim Soria edition

With just about three and a half weeks left until the trade deadline, the Detroit Tigers are looking for answers to a bullpen that is still questionable ranking 28th in all of baseball in total ERA and is the Achilles heel of their World Series title hopes. Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria could be that answer to provide some stability to a Tigers bullpen that has been anything...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Closer Report: Sean Doolittle, Joe Nathan, Huston Street

Each and every week FFLockerRoom will be here to update you on what might be going on in the bullpens around Major League Baseball. This report could potentially highlight closers on their last legs (and therefore ones you may want to sell quickly) as well as recognizing the set up men that might be on the verge of taking over the role (and therefore should be scooped up if on the...
Via FF Locker Room
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit 5, Cleveland 4 (10 innings): Tigers rally in extras after Joe Nathan blows another save

Justin Verlander pitched much better. Phil Coke maybe pitched the best he has all season for the Tigers. Coke gave up one hit with three strikeouts in the 10th to earn his first save of the season in a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night. Coke struck out left-handed hitters Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis. After giving up a single to switcher hitter Carlos Santana...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.69 Postgame: Tigers 2, Royals 1

I have to admit it felt pretty good to win that one, especially since the game started for me with a creeping feeling that Danny Duffy was going to no-hit the Tigers. As predicted, JD was the man of the hour again, hitting his 3rd home run of the series and providing the winning run. As Suarez’ flame has quietly dimmed, JD’s continues to burn, and he is the Another Guy of the...
Via Tigers Weblog
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan takes first steps forward

DETROIT -- It would have understandable if 35,715 Tigers fans cringed when they saw Joe Nathan heading for the mound in the ninth inning Thursday afternoon. After all, Detroit only had a 2-1 lead, and the 39-year-old closer has a 13.50 thus far in June. And, the way the Tigers are playing, if anything could go wrong, it probably would. Fifteen pitches later, the worrying was over...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ausmus: Nathan not plagued by old age

DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus was clear about one thing Friday night. Whatever is wrong with Joe Nathan -- and even Ausmus is ready to acknowledge that there's a problem with his closer -- it doesn't have to do with his age. "Everyone keeps asking about the fact that he's 39 years old," Ausmus said. "But he's six months older than he was last year, and that...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Joe Nathan Appears to Shout ‘F*** You’ as Brad Ausmus Pulls Him in the Ninth Inning

Joe Nathan was unable to get out of the ninth inning Friday night. His appearance started in unfortunate fashion, as Eugenio Suarez committed an error. Nathan then compounded the problems, walking Trevor Plouffe, plunking Eduardo Nunez and walking Eduardo Escobar to force home a run. With that, Brad Ausmus decided to pull Nathan from the game in favor of Phil Coke. And Nathan responded...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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