The Tigers are going to meet with Joakim Soria’s agent

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Tony Paul of the Detroit News reports that the Tigers are expected to meet with the representatives for free agent Joakim Soria at this week’s GM Meetings.

Soria was a Tiger for 2014 and the first half of 2015 before being dealt to the Pirates. Overall last season he posted a 2.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 64/19 K/BB ratio in 67.2 innings He was a closer for the Tigers and set up for Pittsburgh, so going back to Detroit would be better for him, personally speaking, one presumes.

The Tigers have also been rumored to be looking at Darren O'Day, but Paul says . . .

Which seems like a pretty odd stance for a team in desperate need of bullpen help over the past several years to take, but whatever works, I guess.

Tom Brady has moved into Derek Jeter’s mansion

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The Tampa Bay Times reports that the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneer, quarterback Tom Brady, has a new place to live in the Bay Area: Derek Jeter’s house:

Brady has arrived in Tampa Bay and is in the process of moving his family into the sprawling, 30,000-square foot mansion on Davis Islands built by Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed. The home features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an entertainment room and billiards room that wraps around a pool with two boat lifts providing access to Tampa Bay.

It’s like a crossover episode conceived by sports yakkers like me. It’s like a gift from Content Heaven. Like, I had NO reason to talk about Derek Jeter today, but now I can mention how much progress he has made as a human being. After all, a mere 16 years ago he wouldn’t move 25 feet to third base to make room for Alex Rodriguez — and wouldn’t move to his left for anything — but now he’s willing to completely move out of his house for Brady.

See, we can all grow, even in trying times like this. Bless you, Derek.