7.31.15: Trade deadline nears and Tigers make a move
— The Pirates have made another move to upgrade their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Joakim Soria from the Tigers for a minor leaguer.
The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season. He didn’t allow a run in 13 of his last 14 appearances. The deal was made a few hours after the Pirates got versatile reliever Joe Blanton from Kansas City for cash.
Pittsburgh gave up infielder JaCoby Jones. They will have to make a move to create a roster spot when Soria joins the team, which opened a four-game series in Cincinnati on Thursday.
The Tigers also dealt away All-Star left-hander David Price to Toronto earlier Thursday.
Meanwhile, Toronto has acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993.
After acquiring slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado earlier in the week, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding the top remaining starting pitcher on the market. Johnny Cueto was traded from Cincinnati to Kansas City, and Cole Hamels went from Philadelphia to Texas.
The Blue Jays sent left-handers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Tigers in the deal, which was announced by both teams Thursday. Price can become a free agent after this season.
The Tigers played Baltimore Thursday night.
Yoenis Cespedes homered and drove in three runs as the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 . The Tigers kept busy on the bases. Detroit finished with 16 hits. That includes three apiece by Cespedes, Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias.