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Royals decline $7.5 million option on Joakim Soria

Oct 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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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

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