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MLB rumors: Yankees interested in Joakim Soria?

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has a plan for the offseason, and most of it revolves around the pitching staff.

First, he needs to update the starting rotation. Cashman already traded for Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton and Cashman remains engaged in contract talks with free-agent left-hander Patrick Corbin.

Once the rotation is set, Cashman is expected to turn to the bullpen, which could see the departures of two key arms: David Robertson and Zach Britton, both of whom are free agents (and getting attention from none other than the Boston Red Sox).

MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports one option the Yankees are exploring is reliever Joakim Soria:

Source: The Dbacks, Angels, Yankees, Braves and Reds are among the teams that have shown interest in veteran reliever Joakim Soria. More talks are expected at next week’s Winter Meetings. Soria has been working out near his home in Scottsdale. Check @MLB for updates.

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Here’s what you need to know abut Soria. He’s 34 years old and split last season between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. The 11-year veteran was a midseason pickup for the Brewers, who lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

Soria pitched in 26 regular season games for the Brewers, going 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA.

In the playoffs, he made seven appearances, giving up four runs in 4.2 innings of work.

Soria is a closer by trade. He began with the Kansas City Royals in 2007 and was a two-time All-Star before hitting free agency and signing with the Texas Rangers in 2012. Soria also had short stints with the Detroit Tigers (2014-15) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2015).

His best season was 2010, when he saved a career-high 43 games for the Royals.

In 639 career regular season appearances, all out of the bullpen, Soria has 220 saves and a 2.88 ERA.

Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @rosenstein73. Find NJ.com on Facebook



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