Renewed verve; Soria, ready for a new challenge

MEXICO CITY.

Un great year 2020 gave Coahuila Joakim Soria the opportunity to choose his destination for this 2021. The Mexican pitcher with the most saves in history signed a contract for 3.5 million dollars with the Arizona Diamonbacks organization.

Soria has been a resident of the Phoenix area for more than 10 years, where the Diamonbacks have their stadium, as well as their spring training facilities.

There were other options, but being able to be at home did influence the decision, “said Soria, who last season had a 2.82 ERA in 22 starts, with two saves and four holds.

Especially in these crazy times, what one wants the most is to get out of the house as little as possible and now being here, seeing my family practically every day, will keep me stable. I think that will also help me to perform better ”.

Soria, 36, will be the oldest in Arizona’s bullpen, which last year suffered the casualties of Archie Bradley and Andrew Chafin. The Mexican is a candidate to be the closer and continue to increase the mark of 223 saves, for players born in Mexico.

I don’t feel like a coach, even though the other pitchers are younger. If at any time I feel that I can give them advice, or they come to ask me, of course I am always available.

Soria will be one of the four Mexican pitchers who will start spring training with Arizona. Also on the roster of 40 are Humberto Castellanos from Guadalajara, who made his debut with the Astros last year, as well as Miguel Aguilar from Sonora and Sinaloa right-hander Edgar Arredondo, who go with guest labels.

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