The Pirates have swung a deal to acquire Tigers' closer Joakim Soria, as first reported by James Schmehl of MLive Media Group. Shortstop JaCoby Jones is headed to the Tigers, according toRob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
It hasn't taken long for the Tigers to go from buyers to sellers, as their "reboot" has gotten underway quickly. Earlier today, the team moved David Price to the Blue Jays in exchange for prospects. If this move with Soria gets done, that will leave Yoenis Cespedes as the last big name that the Tigers have to move before tomorrow's deadline.
The Pirates have gotten great performances from closer Mark Melancon, Jared Hughes and Tony Watson but could benefit from the addition of a veteran presence down the stretch. In 41 innings this season, Soria has sported a 2.85 ERA and a 7.90 K/9 rate. His 4.81 FIP rating is cause for a bit of concern however. Pittsburgh has been looking for relievers on the trade market since last week.
Jones appears to be a solid get for the Tigers, as he was ranked by MLB.com as the 12th-best prospect in the Bucs' system at the time of the trade. The 23-year old was Pirates' third-round pick out of LSU in 2013, and is regarded for his power-speed combination and raw tools. In 96 games split between High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona so far this season, Jones has hit .260/.319/.398 with ten home runs.