Joakim Soria
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
As a veteran hand in an inexperienced White Sox bullpen, Soria headed into 2018 with the hopes of being the team's primary closer. He performed fairly well, converting 16 of 19 save opportunities and producing a 2.56 ERA with the South Siders as part of manager Rick Renteria's closing committee. Soria's stock took a hit when he was dealt to the Brewers at the trade deadline, not because his performance declined, but because he didn't sniff the ninth inning the rest of the season. He continues to put up good strikeout and walk numbers (75:16 K:BB in 60.2 innings) and his fastball hasn't lost any velocity with age. Additionally, his 2.40 FIP suggests he could've posted better numbers with a little more luck. He inked a two-year deal with Oakland, where he will be limited to setup duty behind Blake Treinen. Even if Treinen gets hurt, it's not a lock that the A's would give Soria the ninth inning over fellow ex-closer Fernando Rodney. Read Past Outlooks
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