Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Athletics are finalizing a two-year contract with free agent reliever Joakim Soria. The value of the contract is not yet known and the deal is still pending a physical.
Soria, 34, spent last year between the White Sox and Brewers, compiling an aggregate 3.12 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 16 walks in 60 2/3 innings. He performed better in Chicago than Milwaukee, but overall, he showed he still has plenty left in the tank.
Soria will help bridge the gap to closer Blake Treinen along with Fernando Rodney.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.