The Tigers are interested in Joakim Soria

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Fox’s Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are having “ongoing discussions” with the Rangers regarding Joakim Soria.

Morosi says that the Tigers are looking to keep Joe Nathan the closer, so any bullpen help they get — and they need bullpen help — will be from guys who aren’t hellbent on being a closer. That rules out Huston Street, but keeps Soria and perhaps old friend Joaquin Benoit in the mix.

Soria is having a nice season, posting a 2.67 ERA and 40/4 K/BB ratio over 30 and a third innings.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.