The A's rode their bullpen to 97 wins and a spot in the AL Wild Card Game in 2018. Headed into 2019, they're set to sign their first reliever of the offseason.
Veteran right-hander Joakim Soria agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the A's, the team announced Friday, one after The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the sides were "finalizing" a deal.
'Tis the season!— Oakland A's (@Athletics) December 21, 2018
We've agreed to terms with RHP Joakim Soria on a two-year contract. Last season, Soria struck out a career-high tying 75 batters in 60.2 innings and walked just 16 while holding the opposition to a .225 batting average. Welcome to Oakland, Joakim! pic.twitter.com/UtGk38hFnZ
USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported the terms of the contract, which the team didn't announce.
Soria will earn about $15 million when the deal is completed.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 21, 2018
Soria split his 2018 with the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers. In 66 appearances, the 34-year-old posted a 3.12 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. According to STATS LLC, Soria's 2.47 fielding-independent pitching (FIP) was 12th-best among pitchers who pitched at least 60 innings last season.
In 22 previous appearances at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Soria had 13 saves (in 13 opportunities), and a 2.82 ERA. Opponents slashed .224/.284/.271 against the right-hander, and he allowed 0.86 walks and hits per inning.