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Joakim Soria says he wouldn’t block a trade to the Yankees

Dec 28, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

Amid speculation that he could the next Royal to be traded, Joakim Soria told Robert Espinosa of Mexican paper Vanguard that he wouldn’t block a deal to the Yankees, who are on his no-trade list.

In fact, Soria said his no-trade list — which also consists of the Red Sox, Phillies, Tigers, Cardinals and Cubs — was included by his agent for strategic purposes.

In other words, it’s entirely negotiable. Hypothetically, Soria’s agent could leverage the no-trade clause in order to get a team like the Yankees to pick up (or agree to decline) his club options through 2014 or even negotiate a contract extension in order to complete a trade. Or, like Zack Greinke, he might waive it for nothing whatsoever. It’s a smart move.

By the way, are you one of those people who think the Royals have nothing to lose by stretching out Soria out as a starting pitcher during spring training? Well, Soria isn’t on board with that idea. He specifically told Espinosa that he isn’t interested in being a starter.

(Hat-tip to MLB Trade Rumors for the link)

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 29, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Assuming the Royals would trade Soria I would still much prefer the Yankees sign Soriano. In the long run Soriano will cost the Yankee less. They could probably sign Soriano for about $10M per for 3 years with an option for a 4th year if necessary and not have to trade prospects. Soria would probably want to renegotiate his contract and the Yankees would have to give up prospect to the Royals. The Yankees can keep their 2011 payroll exactly where their 2010 opening day payroll was even with the signing of Soriano and Pettitte coming back (if he does). If Pettitte doesn’t come back then the Yankees can use that money and the prospects to trade for a #2 pitcher at some point before the trade deadline. Who knows what teams will make what pitchers available.

    • pisano - Dec 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM

      To uyf1950… You know how big I am on Soriano, I wanted the Yanks to sign him at the start of free agency, but how about trading the Fat Toad (Joba) and Romine and a lower prospect for Soria?

      • uyf1950 - Dec 29, 2010 at 2:34 PM

        I like it. I just don’t think KC is going to trade him at least not in 2011. I’m all for moving Joba. I think the change of scenery would do him a world of good. As they say I think the Yankees should run it up the flag pole and see who salutes. I still wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees sign Soriano before pitchers and catchers report to spring training in February. But a lot can happen in the next 6 weeks or so, maybe even the introduction of a starting pitcher.

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