Skip to content

Royals decline $7.5 million option on Joakim Soria

Oct 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

joakim soria getty Getty Images

Joakim Soria missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and today the Royals declined their $7.5 million option on the once-elite closer, making him a free agent.

Soria will hit the open market after receiving a $750,000 buyout, although Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that it’s possible the Royals will re-sign him at a lower salary.

Soria was one of the best relievers in baseball from 2007-2011, saving 160 games and throwing 315 innings with a 2.40 ERA and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. He may have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year contract, although if a team wants to take the risk of offering Soria a multi-year they could end up getting a huge bargain in the 28-year-old right-hander.

  1. ddjesus - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    brewers, this is where you start building the new bullpen.

  2. js20011041 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    The Royals could not have screwed this situation up any more than they did. They lucked into getting a great closer in the rule 5 draft and should have traded him for prospects that would have helped this team. There is no more needless a luxury in baseball than a good closer on a bad team. Now, they’re either going to have to risk re-signing a pitcher coming off a major injury or let him walk away and get nothing.

    • mattyflex - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Because the Royals don’t catch any crap for trading away their above average ballplayers to bigger market teams, ever.

      • geoknows - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        That was under Allard Baird, not Dayton Moore.

  3. eldannyboy1 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Welcome to the ANGELS

  4. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Philly should consider him.

  5. ibleedroyalblue - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I’m just sick. It’s very frustrating being a lifelong Royals fan.

    • sportsdrenched - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Relax, $7.5 Million for a role they filled well last year with a 2nd year player making peanuts? Bullpen is not the issue on this team. This is the correct move. I’m not even sure re-signing him to a lower salary is something I want to see.

      Closers are like Running Backs in the NFL. Most have a short shelf life, don’t get too attached.

    • Detroit Michael - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Really? You wanted the Royals to spend $6.75M ($7.5 – $0.75) on a reliever who was injured last year when Greg Holland did fine as your closer?

      There are a zillion results when being a Royals fan would be frustrating, but I don’t think I’d consider this a legitimate one.

  6. 13arod - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    they should trade him for a bat

    • mattyflex - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      they should beat you with a bat.

  7. ibleedroyalblue - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    You guys are right, I just get attached to people. I do like Greg Holland and he did do a great job. You should have seen me after the DeJesus trade lol.

  8. bigleagues - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    There is zero chance he returns to the Royals as teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, Angels, Phillies, Orioles, etc . . . will swoop in and offer more for depth and high upside.

  9. lroc20 - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Im thinking hes gotta work his way back as a setup man on a 1-2 yr deal to prove hes a capable closer again. Theres a lot of use for him around the league and a team has to be pretty desperate to make him a closer

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Jackie Robinson Day is bittersweet
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. T. Wood (6443)
  2. J. Kubel (5758)
  3. I. Nova (4914)
  4. S. Kazmir (4537)
  5. M. Moore (3715)
  1. K. Uehara (3689)
  2. Z. Britton (3486)
  3. T. Walker (2960)
  4. J. Chavez (2943)
  5. A. Rodriguez (2934)