Tigers trade closer Joakim Soria to Pirates for SS prospect JaCoby Jones
Double A shortstop JaCoby Jones is headed to the Tigers in the trade.
Soria, 31, has converted 23 of 26 save attempts for the Tigers this season with a 2.85 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 41 innings. The two-time All-Star may wind up working the eighth, as Pittsburgh already deploys All-Star Mark Melancon in the closer's role. The 30-year-old Melancon holds a 1.32 ERA and has saved 32 of 33 chances, striking out 33 batters in 47 2/3 innings.
Jones, 23, has hit .260 with 10 home runs and 60 RBIs between high A and Double A this season.
- Jeremy Woo