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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher | #48

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / LA
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Royals signed Joakim Soria to a three-year, $25 million contract.
Soria is officially back with the Royals, where he spent the first five seasons of his major league career. The new deal includes a $10 million mutual option for 2019, with a $1 million buyout. Interestingly, Soria can earn up to $4 million with incentives each season based on both games finished and games started. As of now, he figures to serve as a set-up man for Wade Davis. Thu, Dec 10, 2015 06:27:00 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that there will be innings pitched and games started incentives in Joakim Soria's new contract with the Royals.

All 444 of Soria's appearances in the majors have come as a reliever, but he made 18 starts as a prospect. Ultimately he still figures to settle into a setup role, although it will be interesting to see whether the Royals address the possibility of Soria starting when they announce the signing. The three-year, $25 million deal is pending a physical.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 04:32:00 PM

According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, the Royals' three-year deal with Joakim Soria is only pending a physical.

The three-year pact will be worth $25 million with a mutual option for 2019. Soria is headed back to Kansas City, where he began his career and established himself as one of the top closers in the game. The right-hander will work in a setup role there now for Wade Davis. Soria should have good fantasy value in leagues that count holds, and he will be worth a stash in deeper non-holds leagues on the off chance Davis gets hurt.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 09:01:00 AM

The Royals are close to bringing back Joakim Soria on a three-year deal, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported.

The contract is expected to include an option for 2019 and guarantee Soria about $25 million. There has been some talk about Soria getting a look as a starter, but he'll probably set up for Wade Davis in Kansas City. Soria pitched for the Royals from 2007-11, picking up 160 saves over the five seasons.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 01:43:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Joakim Soria is likely seeking a three-year deal in the free agent market.

Rosenthal notes that Soria will also seek no-trade protection, after being dealt at the trade deadline each of the past two seasons. The Twins, Tigers, Royals and Rangers are among the squads that have already expressed interest in the right-hander.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 07:06:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that after their initial contact, the Twins haven't had any recent discussions with free agent reliever Joakim Soria.

The Twins have been linked to several different arms this winter as they look to strengthen the backend of their bullpen. The Tigers, Rangers and Royals are among the many teams that have also expressed interest in the right-hander.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 12:53:00 PM

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox remain out of the market for free agent reliever Joakim Soria.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported the Red Sox's lack of interest in Soria on November 18 following their acquisition of Craig Kimbrel. Nothing's changed over the proceeding two weeks, other than the team spending a boatload of money to sign David Price. In addition to Kimbrel, the club already has Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and Robbie Ross working out of the bullpen. Soria's reportedly searching for a deal in the neighborhood of three years, $27 million, though he's not locked into closing so long as the deal's right. The 31-year-old has drawn interest from the Tigers, Rangers and Royals.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 04:19:00 PM

The Red Sox are no longer in the running for free agent reliever Joakim Soria after acquiring Craig Kimbrel, per Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

No surprise here, as the Red Sox now have Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, and Robbie Ross setting up. Soria is reportedly open to any bullpen role as long as his contract demands are met. He's said to be asking for a three-year deal in the range of $27 million. The Tigers, Rangers and Royals are all rumored to have interest, but you can cross the Sox off the list of intrigued parties. Soria turns 32 in May.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 04:30:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman wrote that the Mets are interested in Joakim Soria.

The Mets are joining a long line of interested parties. Among them, the Tigers, Red Sox, Rangers and Royals are all rumored to be interested in acquiring Soria. In 72 games between the Tigers and Pirates, the veteran reliever held a 2.53 ERA and 64/19 K/BB ratio across 67 2/3 innings. He also converted 24 saves (23 with the Tigers, one with the Pirates).
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 06:25:00 PM

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi is reporting that the Royals are interested in bringing back former closer Joakim Soria.

Morosi tweeted that while the Royals are interested in a possible Soria reunion, the talks remain in the preliminary stage. The 31-year-old reliever last pitched for the Royals in 2011, when he saved 28 games with a 4.03 ERA across 60 1/3 innings. Other reportedly interested parties for Soria's services include the Tigers, the Red Sox and the Rangers.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 05:17:00 PM

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the Tigers met with Joakim Soria's agent, Oscar Suarez, on Wednesday.

The meeting was expected. There's mutual interest in a reunion, but no contract talks have taken place yet. Soria is one the best free agent relievers on the market and the Tigers might have more of a sense of urgency than others with an obvious need at closer.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 03:38:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Red Sox have expressed interest in Joakim Soria.

Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski traded for Soria when he was the GM of the Tigers. The market for the veteran reliever is heating up already, as Morosi reported earlier Tuesday that the Rangers and Tigers (two of the Soria's former clubs) are interested. Soria registered a 2.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 64/19 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings this past season between Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 09:22:00 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that free agent reliever Joakim Soria has drawn interest from the Tigers and Rangers.

It has already been reported that the Tigers are expected to meet with the representatives for Soria at this week's GM meetings. It's worth noting that the 31-year-old has previously pitched for both teams. He's near the top of a weak class of free agent relievers, with the flexibility to serve as a closer or set-up man.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 01:46:00 PM

According to Tony Paul of the Detroit News, the Tigers are expected to meet with the representatives for free agent Joakim Soria at this week's GM Meetings.

Soria registered a shiny 2.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 64/19 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings this past season between the Tigers and Pirates. He would presumably return to closing duties in Detroit, where he saved 23 games in 2015. The 31-year-old right-hander worked as a setup man with Pittsburgh, earning one save and 23 holds.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 08:31:00 AM

Joakim Soria got the final two outs of Sunday's 3-0 win over the Reds, earning his first save as a member of the Pirates.

Soria took the mound after regular closer Mark Melancon was ejected for hitting Tucker Barnhart with a pitch, putting runners on first and second with one out. Soria got Eugenio Suarez to fly out, and Ivan De Jesus, Jr. to ground out to end the game. Soria's save situations should be very few and far between behind Melancon in the final two months.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 04:48:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Tony Cruz
3Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Cody Decker
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
3Ramon Torres
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Raul Mondesi
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Jose Martinez
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Terrance Gore
3Brett Eibner
4Bubba Starling
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Chris Young
5Kris Medlen
6Danny Duffy
7Jason Vargas
8Dillon Gee
9John Lannan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Tim Collins
6Scott Alexander
7Miguel Almonte
8Brian Flynn
9Peter Moylan