Royals Decline Option For Joakim Soria

The Royals announced that they've declined their 2013 option for Joakim Soria. The reliever, who missed the entire 2012 season to undergo Tommy John surgery, is now a free agent. He obtains a $750K buyout instead of an $8MM salary.

Soria established himself as an elite reliever in the five seasons preceding 2012. Though he struggled in 2011, his career numbers are excellent — a 3.40 ERA with 9.7 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 298 total appearances. If the Royals had exercised his 2013 option they would have kept the rights to a 2014 option valued at $8.75MM.


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16 Comments on "Royals Decline Option For Joakim Soria"


diehardmets
2 years 9 months ago

METS! Please dear God let it be the Mets.

2 years 9 months ago

Dipoto, pick up the phone

truroyal15
truroyal15
2 years 9 months ago

Royals are working out a new contract with him!!!!

jlasovage
2 years 9 months ago

Red sox go get him.

Shane_McMahon
2 years 9 months ago

New York…..meet your newest Yankee.

Nathan Miller⚾™
2 years 9 months ago

No, he’ll be back with KC within a few days.. see link: link to mlbtraderumors.com

Shane McMahon
2 years 9 months ago

Getting Santana today doesn’t look good. Having to pay both might limit Royals elsewhere.

walnutfalcons
2 years 9 months ago

remember when the Royals could have gotten a king’s ransom for Soria? Well, at least he closed a lot of meaningful games.

$1529282
2 years 9 months ago

Never understood the need for smaller market teams to hang onto elite closers when they’re not in contention.

Ramondo A Stallings
2 years 9 months ago

Um, what games have the Royals played in that were meaningful?

michael hughes
2 years 9 months ago

That totally wasn’t sarcasm.
Seriously though, sometimes its hard to detect on the internet but, yeah, I think he was kidding.

Otis26
2 years 9 months ago

Soria’s coming back to KC. The rest of you calm down.

Trequartista
2 years 9 months ago

Come to Rays for one year 2m deal and bank next offseason. Ask Benoit, Soriano, Balfour, and Rodney

soxxxxx
2 years 9 months ago

career 2.40 era. big difference.

DerekJeterDan
2 years 9 months ago

Whoever gets him is going to have a reliever with great bounce back potential.

Tyler Andula
2 years 9 months ago

If the Royals want to bring him back it better be an incentive laden deal. No sense in wasting a bunch of money on a reliever with the pen they’ve already got. Of course I figure it’s likely 1 or 2 of those arms get dealt looking for starting pitching depth this winter but if bringing him back doesn’t mean Crow moves to the rotation I don’t really see the point in making the move at all.