Reliever Joakim Soria is on the move again. Late Thursday night, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal broke the news that Soria was signing a two-year deal with the Oakland Athletics.
#Athletics close to finalizing two-year deal with free-agent reliever Joakim Soria, sources tell The Athletic. Some details to complete, and Soria must pass physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 21, 2018
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale adds that it’ll be in the $15-million range.
Soria will earn about $15 million when the deal is completed.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 21, 2018
Soria is coming off a very productive 2018, including being a very crucial part of Milwaukee’s bullpen down the stretch. He put together a 4.09 ERA, but 2.89 FIP and 2.94 DRA across 22 innings for the Brewers. In just under 40 innings with the White Sox, he racked up 16 saves. Altogether, his strikeout rate went up a couple ticks from 2017 while his walk rate went the other way.
Soria, who will be 35 years old next May, has a career 2.88 ERA, 3.01 FIP and 3.03 DRA across 634 innings of work. Meanwhile, the Athletics are coming off a surprising 97-win season. But because they play in the AL West, that record would only be good enough for a wild card appearance. An appearance that they went on to lose against the New York Yankees, of course.
Still, it’s good to see the Athletics spending money. Adding Soria means their bullpen will be solid once again in 2019. Last season their relief unit put together an ERA of 3.37, which ranked third across MLB.