Relief pitcher Joakim Soria's is reportedly seeking a three-year contract in the vicinity of $27 million. Soria, who pitched in a setup role after a July trade to the Pirates, is not necessarily demanding a closing job.
Soria and fellow reliever Darren O'Day headline an underwhelming relief market this offseason. While Soria pitched well in a setup capacity for Pittsburgh—with a 2.03 ERA in 26.2 innings—he has notched 202 career saves with 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
While the Mets were noted to have shown interest in Soria, he has several suitors. The Tigers, at one point linked to Soria, might have taken themselves out of the running yesterday by acquiring Francisco Rodriguez. We took a look at Soria in a recent free agent profile. His contract demands are similar to Darren O'Day's, but it was reported earlier this week that O'Day would likely be too expensive for the Mets this winter.