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.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that starter David Price has been shut down for the remainder of the season during Wednesday’s appearance on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria.
Price, 34, missed nearly a month between August 5-31 with a wrist injury (TFCC cyst). He returned on September 1, but lasted only two innings against the Angels and hasn’t pitched since.
Price ends a disappointing 2019 season with a 4.28 ERA and a 128/32 K/BB ratio in 107 1/3 innings across 22 starts. He’ll enter the fifth year of his seven-year, $217 million contract in 2020. $96 million remains on the deal.