Jun 29, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joakim Soria (28) throws during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers trade Joakim Soria to Tigers for Jake Thompson, Corey Knebel

The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers teamed up to swap players again, during the offseason the teams traded Ian Kinsler and Prince Fielder. On Wednesday night, the Tigers agreed to acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Rangers in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

Soria replaced Joe Nathan in the closer role, and will join Nathan once again on the Tigers roster. Soria has a 2.70 ERA and earned 17 saves in 33.1 innings in his first full season since 2011. The Tigers bullpen has been struggling in the 2014 season with a 4.41 ERA, a mark that is fourth-worst amongst bullpens in the American League.

The familiarity with Kinsler and Nathan will ease the transition according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.

The Tigers also have an option for the 2015 season on Soria.

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