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.

16 Responses to Royals Decline Option For Joakim Soria Leave a Reply

  1. diehardmets 3 years ago

    METS! Please dear God let it be the Mets.

  2. Dipoto, pick up the phone

  3. Chad Woelk 3 years ago

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

  4. jlasovage 3 years ago

    Red sox go get him.

  5. Shane_McMahon 3 years ago

    New York… your newest Yankee.

  6. walnutfalcons 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

    • Ramondo A Stallings 3 years ago

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

      • michael hughes 3 years ago

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

  7. Otis26 3 years ago

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

  8. Trequartista 3 years ago

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

  9. soxxxxx 3 years ago

    career 2.40 era. big difference.

  10. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

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

  11. Tyler Andula 3 years 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.

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