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Royals | Kelvin Herrera now working eighth

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:52:00 -0700

Kansas City Royals RP Kelvin Herrera will replace RP Joakim Soria as the club's eighth-inning reliever, while Soria works on a mechanical issue, according to manager Ned Yost.

Fantasy Tip: Soria has been struggling for the team but at least it looks like the reason for that has been discovered. In the meantime, Herrera gets a considerable boost in leagues that score holds, as his stuff is pretty much as good as any late-inning reliever. Pitching for the defending champions, he'll have plenty of opportunities to help finish off ballgames and pick up holds for the Royals. Soria can be dropped.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Kansas City Star - Rustin Dodd

Royals | Joakim Soria has mechanical issues

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:39:03 -0700

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria and pitching coach Dave Eiland found a flaw in Soria's delivery in his front side recently, and he'll be moved out of the eighth-inning setup role while he works to fix it. Soria has allowed six earned runs and 10 hits in seven innings. His left side is drifting open too quickly, which throws off his release point. Manager Ned Yost said RP Kelvin Herrera will be deployed in the eighth inning in the meantime. Yost wants to use Herrera in the most high-leverage situations, so the roles won't be rigid. Herrera hasn't allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings over eight appearances to begin the year and has 10 strikeouts. Herrera has also been using a new slider after debuting the pitch last September and October. Despite Soria's struggles, he's inducing the weakest contact of the Royals relievers.

Fantasy Tip: That explains Soria's rough start in his reunion with the Royals. In shallower mixed leagues where Soria's owned, you may want to consider ditching him for better options. If you're compelled to hold him, bench him until things turn around. The bottom line, though, is that Herrera's stuff plays much better for fantasy owners, even if Soria will see the occasional save chance to spell Wade Davis.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Kansas City Star - Rustin Dodd

Royals | Joakim Soria heads to KC

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:16:50 -0800

Free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Pirates) agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Kansas City Royals Monday, Dec. 7.

Fantasy Tip: Soria will likely set up for Wade Davis, but he'll have some value in holds leagues and near the end of traditional drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: - Jeffrey Flanagan

Tigers | DET ends Joakim Soria pursuit

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:58:27 -0800

Free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Tigers) is no longer being pursued by the Detroit Tigers now that Detroit has traded for RP Francisco Rodriguez.

Fantasy Tip: Apparently the Tigers no longer think Soria can get the job done or they are fairly high on K-Rod. Soria will be a decent relief option in later rounds of fantasy drafts, just so long as you know he won't be in the Motor City.

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Twins | MIN looking at Joakim Soria

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 23:47:09 -0800

Free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Tigers) is being looked at by the Minnesota Twins, who have looked over his medical files.

Fantasy Tip: Soria recovered enough of his mechanics to put him up for a decent, if not spectacular, payday. Among closers, look for Soria to go later in mixed drafts as there is still a chance for tremendous downside.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN 1500 - Darren Wolfson

MLB | Joakim Soria eyeing three-year deal

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:35:15 -0800

Free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Pirates) is reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth approximately $27 million.

Fantasy Tip: Soria is considered to be one of the top relievers available in free agency. He went 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 24 saves in 70 appearances with Detroit and Pittsburgh last season. He could be a midrange closer option in fantasy baseball drafts next spring, depending on which team signs him.

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Tigers | Detroit discussing Craig Kimbrel

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:54:18 -0800

The Detroit Tigers are one of about six teams apparently discussing a deal for San Diego Padres RP Craig Kimbrel. Free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Pirates) is a name the Tigers are discussing, too. The Tigers could also look at trading for Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon.

Fantasy Tip: Kimbrel had a down year in his first season in San Diego, but he remains an elite fantasy baseball closing option wherever he's pitching.

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Tigers | Detroit to meet with Joakim Soria

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 05:41:28 -0800

Free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Pirates) will meet with the Detroit Tigers at the GM meetings Monday, Nov. 9.

Fantasy Tip: Soria could be a midrange closer option in fantasy drafts depending on where he latches on.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Detroit News - Tony Paul

Tigers | DET could bring back Joakim Soria

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:07:00 -0800

The Detroit Tigers are reportedly interested in bringing back impending free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Pirates), according to a source familiar with the club's thinking. The Tigers and Soria's camp are expected to have discussions during next week's general managers' meetings.

Fantasy Tip: Soria posted a 2.85 ERA over 43 appearances for Detroit in 2015, with 23 saves in 26 opportunities, before being dealt to Pittsburgh after the team fell out of contention. Although he doesn't throw as hard as he used to, his control remains impressive and he should attract plenty of interest in a relatively weak free-agent crop of closers.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Detroit News - Tony Paul

Pirates | Mark Melancon to remain closer

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:37:22 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon will remain the team's closer, with RPs Joakim Soria and Tony Watson serving as setup men.

Fantasy Tip: Melancon owners have nothing to fear as long as he continues to be successful in the closer role. He's earned plenty of rope this season, so it'd likely take a lot for the Pirates to bump him out of the role. Soria's fantasy value obviously takes a big hit. There's not much reason to hold onto him if he's not closing games.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Rob Biertempfel