There was a trade in major league baseball last night and although it happened on the West Coast it most definitely affects the Detroit Tigers.
On Friday night the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres completed a six player trade the sent All-Star closer to play for the AL West Contender.
The Los Angeles Angels acquired All-Star closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott from the San Diego Padres for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris in a trade on Friday night.
The Tigers were also rumored to be interested in Huston Street until Tigers MLB insider revealed that week that Dave Dombrowski was focused on acquiring a set-up man rather than a closer.
Even though the Tigers weren’t interested in acquiring Street, Friday night’s west coast swap directly affects the Tigers by setting the price for Texas Ranger closer Joakim Soria.
After Padres got Jose Rondon in the Huston Street package, Rangers can justify asking the Tigers for Willy Adames in Joakim Soria talks.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 20, 2014
Jon Morosi reinforces the notion that the Texas Rangers could as for up to three high value prospects in return for their closer. Morosi has tweeted about Adames before and seems to think the Rangers are targeting the Tigers 18 year-old A-baller.
In 323 at-bats Adames has 6 HR, 48 RBI with an OBP of .354. Adames plays shortstop and third base, value positions in the majors but not a current need for the Detroit Tigers.
The thought of giving up prospects for a bullpen arm might be troubling for Tigers fans but Joakim Soria might be worth it. The former Royals closer has a career 2.50 ERA and has two 40 save seasons under his belt. Additionally the Sorias contract has a team option for 2015 putting him under team control though next season.
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