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Next up on the block: Tigers “working to trade” closer Joakim Soria


Now that the Tigers are officially open for business as sellers and David Price is headed to Toronto this comes as no surprise: Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Detroit is “working to trade” closer Joakim Soria.

Soria was acquired from the Rangers in a trade deadline deal last year and has fared well stepping into the Tigers’ closer role for the injured Joe Nathan this season, saving 23 games with a 2.85 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 41 innings.

Soria has a lengthy track record of bullpen excellence dating back to his days with the Royals, but he’s also a 31-year-old impending free agent whose overall numbers aren’t quite as fantastic as they used to be.

Blue Jays acquire David Price from the Tigers

David Price

The Toronto Blue Jays, fresh off the trade for Troy Tulowitzki, just made their second high-profile acquisition in three days, acquiring lefty David Price from the Tigers. The package heading back to Detroit is fronted by pitching prospect Daniel Norris. Also heading to the Tigers: 2013 sixth round pitcher Matt Boyd and 21-year-old pitching prospect Jairo Labourt.

For the Tigers this marks the beginning of a “reboot,” to use their term. A rebuild if you’re being less charitable. In any event it’s the official acknowledgement that 2015 was a failure and that they do not believe they can sign Price to a long-term deal.

And, as far as reboots go, it’s a good one. Assuming that Price was not re-signing in Detroit — a safe assumption — and given that the Tigers weren’t going to make the playoffs this year. Getting a team-controlled potential ace like Norris and more is a great haul. Norris had a cup of coffee in Toronto to begin the season and didn’t fare well in terms of control, but he’s been figuring things out at Triple-A as the summer has worn on. His stuff is amazing, of course, and it’s only a matter of time before he figures it out at the big league level.

Boyd is 9-2 with a 1.68 ERA across Double-A and Triple-A this season, with a K/BB ratio of 107/24 in 112.2 innings pitched. Labourt, a big hard-thrower, is in his first season at high-A Dunedin, where he is 2-7 with a 4.59 ERA. He’s more of a work in progress, with high strikeout rates but high walk rates as well.

Price, of course, needs no introduction, and his place on a Blue Jays team clearly going for it this year is clear. The 2012 Cy Young Award winner is enjoying another fine season, posting a record of 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 138/29 in 146 innings. Some of his peripheral stats aren’t up to his career highs, but his ERA+ of 156, if it holds up, is his best ever mark. He’s still an ace, obviously, and one who is going to get paid in a major way after this season when he hits the market as a free agent.

For now, though, he’s the new ace of the Toronto Blue Jays. Who, when the day began, were in third place, seven games back in the AL East and two games back of the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot. They have work to do. But now they have a workhorse to help them do it.

The Blue Jays are “making a major push” for David Price

David Price

Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are “making a major push” for David Price.

Earlier Bob Nightengale wrote that some MLB executives are “absolutely convinced” Price is going to wind up with the Dodgers, so I guess you can weigh a “major push” against an “absolutely convinced” as your value system allows you to.

Either way, each team could use a top starter, so you have to assume the Tigers are sitting back and letting them bid against one another.

MLB execs “absolutely convinced” that David Price is going to the Dodgers

David Price

Take it for what it’s worth — everyone was convinced Cole Hamels was going to Houston this time yesterday — but Bob Nightengale has some informed speculation:

Seems like a distinct possibility. The Dodgers just picked up a couple of nice pieces from the Braves in Alex Wood and Jose Peraza who could be packaged and sent to Detroit. And, of course, already had a decent set of prospects of their own, as well as random, rumored-to-be-on-the-block pieces such as Alex Guerrero and even Yasiel Puig.

Of course the Tigers and their fans should temper expectations on the return — Price is a two-month rental at the moment — and the last ace who went out on a rental, Johnny Cueto, brought back three pitching prospects. Still, these teams seem to match up nicely for a trade.

Rangers “close to getting” Phillies ace Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels

UPDATED, 10:28 PM ET: OK, it’s Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to the Rangers for prospects Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, and Jerad Eickhoff. Philly will also get 29-year-old left-handed starter Matt Harrison. Larger writeup to come.


10:17 PM ET: FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi adds that outfield prospect Nick Williams is going to the Phillies as well. And there are others involved.


10:12 PM ET: Philly will get 25-year-old minor league starter Jerad Eickhoff and 22-year-old catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, per Sullivan. That won’t be all.


10:08 PM ET: Sullivan now says the trade will go down tonight. It’s in the “final stages.” Hamels declined to talk in the Phillies’ clubhouse.


9:47 PM ET: MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan says the Rangers are “getting close to getting Hamels” and expect to have everything finalized Thursday. Other reporters are hearing the same.


6:17 PM ET: The latest on the Cole Hamels …

Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears the Rangers are “now clear-cut favorites” to land the Phillies ace because the Dodgers prefer David Price and the Tigers have now made it known that they’re going to sell off some major parts. There’s been talk of the Astros making a big push for Hamels, but Hamels can block a trade there and Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle was told that the Astros’ front office is expecting him to land elsewhere. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are “fading” from the Hamels chase.

So it sounds like it’s all coming together for the Rangers, who currently stand 4 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot. Hamels is under contract through 2019 — at a pretty reasonable rate — so this trade wouldn’t just be about 2015.

Hamels, 31, owns a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season for Philadelphia. He threw a no-hitter in his last turn through the rotation Saturday against the Cubs.