Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Tigers have exercised their $7 million option on reliever Joakim Soria.
Soria was dealt from Texas to Detroit in the middle of the season and, overall, posted a 3.25 ERA in 48 appearances while battling injuries. He was better in Texas, serving as the closer and saving 17 of 19 games. In Detroit his role was less-than-defined, though, with manager Brad Ausmus unwilling to use Soria over Joe Nathan in the ninth inning or, less excusably, Joba Chamberlain in the eighth. He only pitched one inning over two appearances in the playoffs, and was shellacked.
Of course, given how bad the Tigers bullpen served them and given how relievers can be sort of unpredictable from year to year, it is not at all surprising that the Tigers are bringing Soria back, even at $7 million. The only question is when he’ll pitch. I could see him doing everything from mopping up to closing in 2015, frankly.