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Fantasy Reaction: Joakim Soria to Tigers

By R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Joakim Soria is reportedly on the way to Detroit. (USATSI)
Jerry Jones reiterates that he will continue to be the GM. (USATSI)

News broke Wednesday night that the Tigers and Rangers have agreed on a trade, pending physicals, that would send Rangers closer Joakim Soria to the Rangers. What does this mean to your Fantasy team?

The Tigers have picked up a proven option in the ninth inning, which has been a dicey proposition this season with Joe Nathan continuing to struggle. While they hadn't been looking to replace Nathan, it'll certainly be difficult not turning to a guy who owns a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 42:4 K:BB ratio after trading two of the team's top-five prospects (according to MLB.com). Even if Soria isn't immediately used in the ninth inning, it would be surprising if he didn't make his way into the closer role quickly.

What about the Rangers? Unfortunately for the team, save opportunities have come few and far between -- a 40-60 record is the reason Soria was available on the trade market, after all. The team could decide to use a committee in the ninth inning, with Shawn Tolleson and Neal Cotts leading figuring as the best options. Former closer Neftali Feliz is also lurking as an option after being recalled in early July. If I could only pick up one, I'd take Feliz and hope his past track record wins out. Tolleson and Cotts should both be owned in competitive leagues as well.

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