Updated 08:10 PM EST, Wed, Dec 08, 2021

Detroit Tigers Trade Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh Pirates' for Minor-Leaguer JaCoby Jones

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Pitcher Joakim Soria is the newest acquisition of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, made possible with a trade with the Detroit Tigers.

MLB reported that Soria's addition to the team will "bolster their own bullpen even after last week's acquisition of Steve Cishek from the Marlins."

He will also reportedly work hand in hand with Tony Watson to contribute more points to the team.

"Mark will continue to be our closer. We now have a nice setup combination of 'Watty' and Soria," said general manager Neal Huntington.

Huntington said that Soria will surely help them after acquiring Joe Blanton from Kansas City.

"Soria is a veteran closer, a late-inning reliever who's been there, done that. The moves lengthen and deepen our bullpen," he added.

Yahoo Sports reported that Soria is an effective player despite a decline in his performance from the previous season.

"And though he's been hit by the home run bug a bit this year, that could just be small sample shenanigans. He and Watson should share late-inning duties, while Melancon takes the ninth," added the same report.

This move is also reportedly a "good start" for the team, but Yahoo said that the Pirates still have a long way to go with the newest addition to their roster.

Meanwhile, Detroit Free Press reported that Soria was traded for minor league infielder JaCoby Jones.

"Jones is a quality young prospect. He was a third-round choice a couple years ago out of Louisiana State University. Just promoted to Double-A. Was one of the leading hitters in the Florida State League. It was a situation to get a real good middle infielder in our organization in exchange for Joakim, based on what we've been discussing," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said.

Asked about his reaction on the trade, Soria said that some things are out of his hands.

"Whatever decision they make, it's their choice. I like the team. I like the guys in here. But at the same time, the front office know what's best," the 31-year-old pitcher told Detroit Free Pess.

He added that he never really paid so much attention on the rumors, especially on the web, about his trade.

"If you focus too much on that, you're going to lose it. If it happens, this is God's will," Soria said.

The Tigers general manager also clarified that they did not discuss any contract extension plans with Soria.

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