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Joakim Soria

  1. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  2. Joakim Soria open to being a setup man with the Yankees

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    Joakim Soria recently became a free agent after the Royals declined his $8 million option for 2013. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, the thought is that he’ll look for a closer job on a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value and testing the market again next offseason. But he’s keeping his options…

  3. Royals decline $7.5 million option on Joakim Soria

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    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…

  4. Royals expected to decline Joakim Soria’s option for 2013

    Oct 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    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…

  5. Joakim Soria throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Oct 2, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that Royals right-hander Joakim Soria played catch on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in April. Soria made 25 throws from a distance of 45 feet and reported no issues during or after the short workout. He is hoping…

  6. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  7. Reds’ NL-best bullpen adds Jonathan Broxton from Royals

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    You wouldn’t think the Reds would need more bullpen help, what with Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall leading a relief corps that has the best ERA in baseball, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cincinnati has acquired Jonathan Broxton from Kansas City for minor leaguers Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran. Broxton signed a one-year,…

  8. Royals want a player, not a prospect, for Jonathan Broxton

    Jul 6, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    That according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi: Broxton, who was signed to set up Joakim Soria this season, has a 1.99 ERA and 21 saves in 24 opportunities as Kansas City’s closer. Still, the Royals would likely be OK without him, as they’d still have some combination of Greg Holland, Aaron Crow and Tim Collins to…

  9. Kyle Drabek to undergo his second Tommy John surgery

    Jun 18, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Kyle Drabek

    Kyle Drabek‘s sprained UCL will require Tommy John surgery, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Monday. Drabek had his first Tommy John surgery in high school before the Phillies made him the 18th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade and he made his major league…

  10. Greg Holland begins rehab assignment at Double-A

    May 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Holland_Greg

    Out since April 21 with what the Royals termed a left rib stress reaction, Greg Holland began a minor-league rehab assignment at Double-A yesterday. Holland allowed one run in one inning, throwing 19 pitches, and thanks to technology Royals manager Ned Yost watched the outing live on MiLB.tv. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that the…

  11. Orioles, Rangers have best bullpen ERAs so far

    May 8, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson

    Baltimore’s surprising start owes a lot to the relievers, who have gone 8-2 with a remarkable 1.54 ERA in 99 2/3 innings to date. Here’s the list of ERAs for every major league bullpen to date: 1. Orioles – 1.54 2. Rangers – 2.02 3. Yankees – 2.31 4. Reds – 2.34 5. Athletics –…

  12. Royals sticking with Jonathan Broxton as closer

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Ned Yost took his time announcing that Jonathan Broxton and not Greg Holland would replace the injured Joakim Soria as closer, but the Royals manager wasted no time making it clear that he’s sticking with Broxton in the ninth-inning role despite an ugly blown save Wednesday. Broxton walked two batters, hit two more, and allowed…

  13. Jonathan Broxton melts down, blows game in 12th

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jemile Weeks, Brayan Pena

    Jonathan Broxton struck out the side Sunday to earn his first save for the Royals. His outing Wednesday didn’t go so well. After Oakland’s Seth Smith reached on an Alcides Escobar error in the 12th, Broxton walked two batters and hit two more to take a blown save and a loss in a 5-4 game.…

  14. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

  15. Robin Ventura still hasn’t named the White Sox’s closer

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    Now that the Royals have officially picked Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria‘s replacement nearly every team has named their closer, but one holdout is the guy with the least managing experience in the bunch (which is to say no managing experience). Robin Ventura played coy with the media yesterday, refusing to disclose his closer while…

  16. Royals name Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria’s replacement

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton Royals

    After staying mum on the topic for the past couple of weeks, Royals manager Ned Yost told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star this afternoon that Jonathan Broxton will replace Joakim Soria as the team’s closer. This announcement doesn’t come a big surprise. Sure, Broxton has that “proven closer” tag which managers seem to…

  17. Two weeks after Joakim Soria’s surgery the Royals still haven’t named a closer

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Royals manager Ned Yost declined to name a fill-in closer after news that Joakim Soria would miss the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and two weeks later he’s still yet to identify the ninth-inning replacement. It’ll either be former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton or second-year setup man Greg Holland, but according to Bob…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  19. Joakim Soria needs season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria got second and third opinions after being diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and they all agreed, so the 27-year-old Royals closer will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on April 3. Typically recovery timetables are 12-18 months, so Soria will miss the entire season and could be limited in early 2013 as…

  20. Royals undecided on Jonathan Broxton or Greg Holland as Joakim Soria closer replacement

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Regardless of whether Joakim Soria is able to rest and rehab his damaged ulnar collateral ligament or undergoes season-ending Tommy John surgery the Royals will need a new closer. Free agent signing Jonathan Broxton is the obvious replacement because of his previous experience in the role, but Greg Holland was great as a rookie setup…

  21. Second opinion confirms Joakim Soria’s ligament damage, Tommy John surgery looms

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria moved one step closer to Tommy John surgery, as a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum confirmed the initial diagnosis of a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Soria is “taking a few days off to consider options” following the second opinion, but adds that surgery…

  22. Royals move Aaron Crow back to bullpen following Joakim Soria’s elbow injury

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    So much for Aaron Crow‘s transition from reliever to starter. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have decided to cancel those plans and move Crow back to the bullpen following Joakim Soria‘s elbow injury. Soria was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and might be headed for Tommy John…

  23. Royals closer Joakim Soria has damaged elbow ligament

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria‘s fears were justified, as an MRI exam on his injured elbow revealed ulnar collateral ligament damage. No word yet on the extent of the damage, but torn UCLs are what lead to Tommy John surgeries and 12-month recoveries. Soria has actually already had Tommy John surgery, way back in 2003 when he was…

  24. Joakim Soria is worried about his elbow

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Royals closer Joakim Soria left yesterday’s game against the Indians due to some elbow soreness.  Afterwards, he said that he’s pretty worried about it: “Oh, yeah, I’m worried,” he admitted. “Since I’ve had my Tommy John surgery (in 2003), I’ve never had anything like that. I don’t feel it’s that bad because before the Tommy…

  25. Joakim Soria leaves game with sore elbow

    Mar 18, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Royals closer Joakim Soria was forced from his appearance Sunday against the Indians by elbow soreness, the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports. Soria retired just one of the five batters he faced before departing and was charged with three runs. It was the third time in three spring appearances that he gave up at…

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