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The Red Sox inquired about Royals’ closer Joakim Soria

Dec 17, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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The Red Sox acquired right-hander Mark Melancon from the Astros earlier this week, but they aren’t done upgrading the back-end of their bullpen. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, they have spoken to the Royals about the availability of closer Joakim Soria.

Talks have failed to progress thus far, as Kansas City is seeking at least “a couple solid pieces” in return. Soria is locked in at a very reasonable rate, including a $6 million salary next season, an $8 million club option for 2013 and an $8.75 million club option for 2014. Per his limited no-trade clause, he would have to approve a deal to Boston.

Soria lost the closer’s role briefly this past season and finished with a career-high 4.04 ERA, but he also posted a solid 60/17 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings while his velocity was right in line with his career average. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 2.40 ERA over five seasons in the big leagues, averaging 9.7 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9.

Bradford hears that talks regarding Athletics’ closer Andrew Bailey are ongoing, though a deal would likely require a similarly heavy price tag.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    I personally would pull the trigger if I was the BoSox. Young (and relatively cheap) established pitching is hard to come by. Their rotation is average so they need a shut down bullpen!

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    I would imagine 29 teams inquired on him. There are only so many GM’s so one would hope they would all inquire on just about every good player out there to see what is what.

  3. jleo78 - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    they should take KRod off the Brewers hands. HIs velocity is down some but he still throws a very good curveball. He needs a closer job and he wont get it in Milwaukee unless Axford gets hurt which would not be:good for the Brewers if KRod left, but milwaukee needs the cap room and Bos needs a closer.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:28 PM

      I think the BoSox are to close to the luxury cap (if not already over it). But at least eh would cost them a b or c level prospect only.

  4. pisano - Dec 18, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Soria would never accept a trade to Boston. He’s not a pressure type guy and that’s all he’d get with the Boston media. He has a partial no trade clause in his contract, so he’s probably staying where he is.

  5. titknocker - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    “The Mexicutioner” best nickname in baseball. I would love to see him closing out games for the Sox.

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