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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher | #48

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Joakim Soria took his fourth blown save and second loss after giving up four runs Monday against the Tigers.
Soria entered with a 7-6 lead in the eighth and didn't retire any of the five batters he faced. It caused his ERA to double from 1.59 to 3.18. May 30 - 12:19 AM

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Joakim Soria, who had thrown 10 scoreless innings this season, gave up four runs -- three earned -- in two-thirds of an inning to take a loss Friday against the Twins.

Soria was about due for a bad day, but this one was extra demoralizing for the Royals, who fell to 7-15 after taking a 4-2 lead to the eight. Soria, who could be trade bait as the Royals fall out of contention, has a 2.53 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings.
Apr 29 - 1:09 AM

Joakim Soria took his eighth loss after giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday against the Twins.

Three of those losses have come the last nine days. That's not good, obviously, but those are also the only three times in his last 16 appearances that he's been scored upon. Still, it's certainly been a disappointing season for the former closer, and the Royals have to be wishing they didn't owe him another $18 million through 2018.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 11:54:00 PM

Joakim Soria and Eric O'Flaherty have cleared revocable trade waivers, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

They can now be traded to any team, though there probably isn't going to be much interest. Soria is in the first year of a three-year, $25 million deal and holds an ugly 4.03 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 51 1/3 innings out of the Kansas City bullpen. O'Flaherty has a 6.91 ERA in 28 2/3 innings. He signed a minor league contract with the Royals over the winter.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 01:01:00 PM

Joakim Soria took his fifth loss after giving up a three-run homer in the eighth inning Thursday against the Rays.

The Royals gave Soria a three-year, $25 million deal over the winter in the hopes of maintaining the three-headed monster at the back of their pen, but he's been thoroughly mediocre in amassing a 4.50 ERA in 46 innings. The Royals will have to keep relying on him with Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar out.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 03:19:00 PM

Joakim Soria pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, earning the win, Tuesday against the Indians.

With both Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera having pitched three straight days, Soria was called on to get five outs. After the Royals took the lead in the eighth inning, he served as his own closer to earn his third win. Soria owns a 3.23 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 30 appearances this season.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 11:23:00 PM

Joakim Soria suffered a blown save Thursday, allowing two runs over 2/3 of an inning in a loss to the Indians.

After a leadoff single, an error and a sacrifice bunt, Soria gave up an RBI triple to Francisco Lindor to tie the game. One batter later, Mike Napoli lifted a sacrifice fly to give the Indians the win and send Soria home with his second loss. He was filling in for Wade Davis, who had pitched in the previous two games, so it's not as though Soria will be called on for many saves while Davis is around. Soria owns a 3.81 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 26 appearances.
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 11:41:00 PM

Joakim Soria is battling a mechanical issue.

Soria's issue seems to be that he is opening up on the front side. The veteran reliever indicated that he understands the problem. Said Soria, "My front arm is pulling side to side, instead of up and down. It’s not a big deal. But it’s obviously going to help me [to shore it up]." Until the issue is sorted out, Kelvin Herrera could see increased eighth-inning opportunities. In eight appearances, Soria has allowed six runs across seven innings.
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 07:25:00 PM

With Wade Davis getting the night off, Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save on Wednesday.

Kelvin Herrera is most likely the Royals' second-best reliever, but it's Soria who has been installed as the eighth-inning guy and fallback to Davis. It was Soria's first save for the Royals since 2011. 161 of his 203 career saves have come with Kansas City.
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 12:01:00 AM

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

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, 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,'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

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