The A’s will not be having a reunion with reliever Joakim Soria. The 36-year-old reportedly is in an agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who cited sources.
It reportedly is a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, according to The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro. Soria also could earn another $500,000 in bonuses based on appearances, pending his physical.
Soria, who spent the last two seasons with the A’s, became a pivotal part of a successful bullpen. He compiled a 3.94 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 91 ⅓ innings, good enough for a 1.08 WHIP.
The A's reportedly showed interest in retaining the two-time All-Star, but a deal could not come to fruition.
Soria looks to take over closing responsibilities for Archie Bradley, who was traded to the Cincinnati Reds prior to the MLB trade deadline. Stefan Crichton took over after Bradley’s departure from the D-backs.
Jake Diekman, for now, looks to be the best option as the A’s closer in 2021. The team still has J.B. Wendelken as well, who put up fantastic numbers last season (1.80 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 25 innings).
The A’s acquired lefty Nik Turley via trade on Jan. 14 from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He brings a strong left-handed arm to add to the A's bullpen mix as well.