The Red Sox had discussions with the Royals about the possibility of dealing for closer Joakim Soria, multiple sources tell Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. The talks have failed to progress, however, with Kansas City seeking the type of players that Boston doesn't want to part with for Soria.
Soria is coming off of a down season in which he turned in a 4.03 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 60 appearances. However, the 27-year-old remains attractive thanks in part to his contract which will pay him $6MM in 2012 and has club options of $8MM and $8.75MM for '12 and '13, respectively.
It' s important to note that Soria's contract includes a limited no-trade clause in which he can block trades to the Red Sox and five other clubs. The other teams on that list are the Yankees, Phillies, Dodgers, Rockies, and Braves.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Royals were willing to listen on Soria but wanted a frontline starter in return.