Chicago Cubs: Cheap veteran arm could give Cubs depth
Joakim Soria signed with the White Sox on a one-year deal last season and was eventually flipped to the Brewers. Soria, 34, was once an All-Star caliber reliever for the Royals from 2007-2010 and has since bounced around after injury issues.
Yet he has been able to put up some solid numbers since missing the 2012 season. Last year he posted a 3.12 ERA, 2.43 FIP, 1.137 WHIP and 11.1 K/9 in 60 2/3 innings between Chicago and Milwaukee. His 75 strikeouts last year tied his career-high. 38 2/3 of those innings were with the Sox, where he put up a 2.56 ERA and 2.15 FIP. Despite the 4.09 ERA in Milwaukee he still put up a 2.93 FIP and 1.091 WHIP – indicating he pitched better than one might assume.
Even after having a really good season last year overall, he will still come pretty cheap. Relievers at his age do not tend to get massive deals unless they are a rare perennial All-Star type. Feels like the Cubs could snatch him on a one-year deal easily.