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Royals expected to decline Joakim Soria’s option for 2013

Oct 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Joakim Soria took a big step in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery by throwing yesterday for the first time, but with his status for the beginning of next season still uncertain Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals “are expected to exercise a $750,000 buyout clause” of his $8 million option.

That would make Soria a very interesting free agent, because he’s just 28 years old and was one of the truly elite relievers in baseball from 2007-2011. Dutton notes that “both sides have expressed interest in working out a new deal” but it seems likely that Soria would at least want to test the market and see if there are any teams willing to offer him multi-year deals.

Among all active pitchers with at least 250 career innings Soria ranks third in opponents’ OPS (.579), fifth in ERA (2.40), and ninth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.92).

  1. sportsdrenched - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Interesting. I don’t totally disagree with this move.

  2. ibleedroyalblue - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    That just makes me want to cry. I love Soria. Hopefully a contending team will pick him up and he can play where he will be appreciated.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    This is a good move. The Royals are loaded in the bullpen and don’t need a guy making 8 mil taking up a spot.

  4. openseason51 - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Good for Baseball. New Owners in LA and San Diego. Good fit for either team.

    • ptfu - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      Oh, no doubt. Every team could use another reliever with a .579 OPS-against. This move was strictly about payroll flexibility for the Royals, and not wanting to tie up $8M in a reliever. Soria’s gonna get paid well, whether in KC or elsewhere.

  5. timmons94 - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    No brainer. Love Soria but holland is really good. Soria will have no trouble finding work. Good guy too

  6. ibleedroyalblue - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Yeah you have a good point. Holland is really good.

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