Royals Rumors: Soria, Holland

The Royals are downplaying it, but they would trade closer Joakim Soria for a starting pitcher and would also discuss reliever Greg Holland, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  Soria, 27, is potentially under contract through 2014.  Holland is drawing interest from the Blue Jays and others after a breakout season.  Either player would require a significant bounty.

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  1. chico65 4 years ago

    Cashman just stained his pants

  2. Brett Cecil for Holland.

  3. kcgregory 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t have thought Soria could land a mid rotation starter, but with these closer contracts we’re seeing perhaps he could.  I’d listen on him for sure.

  4. joeybw 4 years ago

    I speak for the Rays, we will take either, please.

  5. Considering the crazy market for relievers we’re seeing, the Royals would be silly to not shop either right now.

  6. Denoit 4 years ago

    Brett Cecil seriously? How about Drabek.. seems expendable, with upside of a solid starter, but probably better suited for pen.

    • not_brooks 4 years ago

      Boy, Drabek has fallen far in the last year or so.

      He was basically the main piece in the Roy Halladay deal almost exactly two years ago and now someone’s bringing him up in a 1-for-1 deal for a reliever.


    • perezroyals 4 years ago

      Alex Cobb, Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann for soria is ok for the royals

  7. $5427573 4 years ago

    Why would the Royals deal for another pitcher?  They have lots up and coming.  If they are making a deal with the Jays, it’ll be for a position player like Snider or Thames, or even Rasmus since there were rumours about them liking him not too long ago.
    My bet is they have their eyes on Snider though, but want more than just him.

    • perezroyals 4 years ago

       soria is under control for 3 more years for 6 million a year…

    • kcgregory 4 years ago

      Perhaps because they’re still short on starting pitching and appear committed to all positions (except maybe 2B)?  They could maybe upgrade in center, but seem intent on giving Cain every opportunity to have that job.  Francouer is here for two more.  Gordon will likely be extended.  Snider makes literally zero sense for us.

      Meanwhile we’re counting on Chen, Sanchez, Hochevar, Paulino, and Duffy in the rotation.  Not a sure thing in the bunch.

      There’s no need for any moves unless it’s for a starter.

  8. Just to throw it out there, there’s no way they could just try a Rangers’ move and put Soria in the rotation? Essentially that’s trading a reliever for a starter…

    • kcgregory 4 years ago

      A few years ago this idea was under consideration, but that ship has sailed

    • Kj4realz 4 years ago

      My thoughts exactly. Why not work him out now? I’ve heard mention, mostly other bloggers, that he’s being wasted as a closer, albeit a good one.

      • b/c he cant stay healthy throwing 60 innings…and most think that if his stuff takes the hit that most pitchers do going from the pen to the rotation that he’s not any good

    • Kj4realz 4 years ago

      My thoughts exactly. Why not work him out now? I’ve heard mention, mostly other bloggers, that he’s being wasted as a closer, albeit a good one.

  9. scottyballgame 4 years ago

    KC would prefer to move Soria due to his salary (although with this market his salary is a plus since they are basically 3 years of 1 year options), but I’d think more teams would be wanting Holland, due to 5 years of control.  He would get you a better return. 

  10. I’m shocked no one has mentioned BOSTON for Soria

  11. I’m shocked no one has mentioned BOSTON for Soria

  12. Nathan Miller⚾™ 4 years ago

    Guys, don’t get to excited about this rumor… It’s coming from a writer for the New York Post. Now how would he know that the Royals would trade him? No KC writers have said that?
    -Of course, the Royals have said that if they get OVERWHELMED, they would move him. 

  13. get_on_up 4 years ago

    Soria plus ____ for Shields

  14. Adam Riso 4 years ago

    Heyman tweeted that the Royals are IN on Gio Gonzalez.  I say Holland and a top 15 prospect for Gio.  Thoughts?

    • kcgregory 4 years ago

      I’m all about that as a Royals fan so I’m sure it’s woefully short of what it would take to get Gio

  15. lefty177 4 years ago

    Sox, too bad Epstein isn’t here anymore, Soria would already have his on jet on the way to Boston

  16. kcpaul 4 years ago

    I’ve heard that the Royals are going after Gio personally from people inside the organization. 

    • Adam Riso 4 years ago

      I REALLY hope that the people you are referring to aren’t the concession stand workers, because this news just gets me too excited for what the Royals are building.  As long as they don’t give up any of their current core, a Gio addition to the rotation, would be huge.  It MIGHT even push Hochevar to improve, or even out of the rotation.

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