Despite a confirmation time of 10:20 p.m. last night, the Tigers' trade for Joakim Soria has already made waves throughout the internet. Here's a roundup of the initial reaction to the deal.
You have already read my reaction to the trade, but the BYB staff isn't in 100 percent agreement on this one. HookSlide chimed in with this last night.
Twitter 24 hours ago: "WE WANT SORIA!" Twitter now: "WE PAID TOO MUCH FOR SORIA!" Just ... shut up, Twitter. Shut so much the hell up.— HookSlide (@HookSlideBYB) July 24, 2014
Some guy that occasionally writes here also liked the move.
Soria will make the team better and be fun to watch. I like it.— Kurt Mensching (@BYBKurt) July 24, 2014
Matthew Mowery of the Oakland Press is taking the "flags fly forever" approach.
When you’re in the position to win, you give yourself every advantage you possibly can to do so.
Because — like with the 1984 team — you don’t know when that window is going to come crashing closed.
With Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez, Chamberlain and Torii Hunter all free agents after the season, there’s no guarantee there’s another title run in the franchise after this season.
Ante up while you can.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News called the move "one that needed to get done."
Joakim Soria is a tremendous addition to the battered bullpen, acquired Wednesday night from Texas for two of the Tigers’ top prospects, pitchers Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson. Frankly, the Tigers could’ve traded all their prospects plus the Ty Cobb statue in Comerica Park to land Soria and you wouldn’t complain.
Grey at Walkoff Woodward was also accepting of the move.
The price is steep, but as I wrote three days ago, giving up talent like this for a reliever in a trade was always inevitable. There aren’t that many sellers, and even fewer of them have quality relievers they’d be willing to move. Everyone knew the Tigers were desperate for help. In a vacuum, this isn’t a great deal for Detroit, but the alternative here was standing pat and doing nothing – and as we’ve seen from this bullpen repeatedly, doing nothing was simply not an option. The choice Dave Dombrowski was faced with wasn’t optimal, but he made the correct one in this instance.
The only RPs w/15+ SVs and fewer IP than Soria's 33.3 are Chapman & Janssen - both of whom started their seasons in mid-May— Paul Sporer (@sporer) July 24, 2014
Frankly, if they were gonna give up Thompson for a reliever, I'm glad they did it for Soria, who's the best out there. Better than Street.— Kun Agreyro (@spacemnkymafia) July 24, 2014
When was the last time Dombrowski dealt a prospect that really burned him?— Mike Ferrin (@MikeFerrinSXM) July 24, 2014
It was never gonna be cheap to upgrade the 'pen. That's the reality of this business.— alex_is_bored (@catswithbats) July 24, 2014
I really just want DD to get Benoit back so we can have Joakim and Joaquín.— Walkoff Woodward (@walkoffwoodward) July 24, 2014
Lynn Henning wonders why the Tigers' farm system hasn't come through lately.
But one of these days, also, the Tigers need to be strong enough to withstand these July shopping sprees that are always fraught with tension and risk. They must begin developing more of their own talent, especially when amassing pitching is supposed to be their organizational trademark.
Neil Weinberg, who writes for pretty much every site imaginable, thought the Tigers paid a steep price.
That’s a high price. It’s not insane. It’s not crazy. But it’s a lot. I’d trade Knebel for Soria easily and I’d throw in more but I wouldn’t want to add Thompson. I get why the Tigers did it. They need a reliever badly. It makes sense and it could be a big upgrade.
But there’s a problem. They don’t just need one reliever. They need two or three relievers. In order to win this year, they need another great reliever and they fired off two of their best bullets. They’ve taken two important prospects and sent them away. Which is fine in principle, but if you’re making this trade, you have to make more. This trade only makes sense if you’re really going to go all in.
Twitter was also not happy, though many reactions are not fit for print.
Tigers got their man -- Soria. And paid through the nose with Thompson and Knebel.— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) July 24, 2014
Tigers clearly feel they need serious help in the bullpen. Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel for Joakim Sora? That's a lot.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) July 24, 2014
You know what's a terrible allocation of resources? Not paying solely money 6 months ago, and giving up assets now.— TigersProspectReport (@TigersProspects) July 24, 2014
Also, why not making Robbie Ray a reliever for the rest of the year instead of trading him for bullpen help like some have suggested?— Sky Kalkman (@Sky_Kalkman) July 24, 2014
@blessyouboys just make sure he rooms with joba so they don't catch whatever the rest of the bullpen has— nathan (@nateriemer) July 24, 2014
I need a drink.— TigersProspectReport (@TigersProspects) July 24, 2014