Soria signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Athletics on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Soria became a free agent at the end of October after declining his option for the 2019 season with Milwaukee. He's since found a new home and will join the likes of Fernando Rodney, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen in an already impressive bullpen. Soria figures to see plenty of mid-to-high-leverage opportunities, especially coming off a solid season spent with the White Sox and the Brewers (3.12 ERA with 75 punchouts, 16 saves and 13 holds over 60.2 innings).
Soria declined his 2019 option with the Brewers and elected free agency. Soria split time between the White Sox and Brewers in 2018, posting a 3.12 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 75:16 K:BB across 60.2 innings of relief. The veteran reliever shouldn't have trouble finding work given his proven track record.
Soria struck out two batters and recorded his 11th hold of the season in Monday's victory over the Cardinals. Soria allowed eight runs in a six-appearance stretch earlier this month, but he has turned things around at the right time for the Brewers, firing a scoreless inning in four straight outings while allowing just three runners on base during that span. He is presumably the fourth option for saves in the Brewers' bullpen, but will continue working in high-leverage spots when needed.
Soria (1-4) was charged with four runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning while taking the loss Saturday. Soria allowed a double, a run-scoring single and two walks before being removed for Dan Jennings, who promptly allowed a two-run single to Juan Soto. Jordan Lyles then threw a wild pitch that scored the fourth run charged to Soria. Josh Hader was unavailable due to being rested, so Milwaukee's top setup man couldn't hold the fort down for a possible Jeremy Jeffress save opportunity.
Soria tossed a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's victory over the Pirates. Soria has pitched twice since being activated from the disabled list, and he has not allowed a runner to reach base over two frames. He will remain part of the Brewers' late-inning mix moving forward, but should be considered the third option for saves behind Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader.