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The Yankees made "a big proposal" for Joakim Soria

Jul 26, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

A little over a week ago we heard that the Yankees would like to have Joakim Soria if they could. Which didn’t really raise anyone’s eyebrows because, really, who wouldn’t?  Turns out that they were more than just a little interested, however, because Heyman reports that they made the Royals “a big proposal” for Soria recently.

Heyman is a little fuzzy on the details, but it appears to have been rejected. Which makes sense, of course, because Soria has a very team-friendly contact. But this doesn’t mean that the Royals shouldn’t shop him. After all, a losing team with an ace closer is like a mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how they got him and danged if they know how to use him.

But for the Royals to trade Soria it should take a big prospect-laden offer, and while the Yankees have a couple of nice pieces in the system, Kansas City should try to get back some blue chip starting pitching for Soria.

  1. adam - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Or the Royals could go really crazy and put Soria in the rotation where he’d be of even more value.

    Just throwing that out there.

  2. Aric.M - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Nevermind that New York’s starting rotation is all cracked and broken, Soria would make a great Yankee. He’s been solid in his other stops – including East Haberbrook & Ogdenville.

  3. geoknows - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    I never have understood the whole “bad teams shouldn’t have good closers” bit. The conventional wisdom that I generally hear is that they don’t get enough save opportunities. But Soria has always gotten plenty of save opportunites with the Royals and is currently only one save behind Neftali Feliz for the AL lead. I can understand that bad teams shouldn’t have EXPENSIVE closers, but Soria is cheap, young, and under control for potentially four more years.

  4. Jonny5 - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    How ’bout Him for Lidge? Straight up? Ahh the things dreams are made of… The Yankees are looking to fill the shoes of Mariano already huh?

  5. SDelMonte - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    And thus the Yanks begin preparing for that day when Mo can’t or won’t be available. And also begin suggesting that no one in the pipeline now is projecting to be the next closer. Interesting.

  6. Jonny5 - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Joba da Hut? Where’s he to fit? he went from “up and coming #2 pitcher” To “Not fit to close games” in how long?

  7. BC - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Wonder if the Yankees offered Montero. Seems like they’ve soured on him.

  8. Md23Rewls - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    I don’t think they’ve soured on Montero. It’s not like they’re considering trading him for anybody but studs.

  9. YankeesfanLen - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    I got this horse right here
    His name is FAT TOAD Revere
    And his stats are gonna make it clear
    Can do! Can do!
    As a starter this horse can do.

  10. Al - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    This make more sense than the Dan Haren stuff you tried to make us believe. If the Yankees goafter a starter it would be a left handed pitcher such as Ted Lilly or just wait until Cliff Lee is free at the end of the year. This would make sense if the Yankees don’t lose too much and use dollars instead of prospects. The Yankees are in great shape coming down the stretch and should not abandon the master plan. The Chemistry is awesome and AJ and Joba will come around.

  11. Kung - Jul 26, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Point is, you’d rather have a starter or position player that contributes a lot more. Since the bad team will be bad for the near future, why not try to get some decent prospects for the closer? What’s a few more losses? And actually, if you get both some decent prospects AND a better draft slot, that’s a win-win.

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