Posted October 31, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Royals have declined their 2013 option on Joakim Soria after he missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, making the former All-Star closer a free agent. The Royals chose to exercise a $750,000 buyout clause on the right-hander Wednesday rather than the $8 million option for next season. Even though Soria is a free agent, both sides have expressed interest in working out a new contract. Soria missed the 2003 season with his first Tommy John surgery. He was chosen by the Royals in the Rule 5 draft in 2006, and evolved into one of the league's top closers, saving 160 games and putting together a 2.40 ERA in parts of five seasons. He was voted to the All-Star game in 2008 and 2010.

Royals decline option on Soria

Courtesy: Kansas City Royals KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the team has declined its 2013 option on right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria, making him a free agent. Soria, 28, missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on April 3. Acquired in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft on December 7, 2006, Soria...

Royals forgo Soria's option year

Right-hander Joakim Soria became a free agent Wednesday after the Kansas City Royals declined his $7.5 million contract option for 2013. The reliever missed all of the 2012 season after Tommy John elbow surgery. Soria, 28, was one of the top closers in baseball from 2007 to 2011, posting 160 saves with a 2.40 ERA.

Royals' Alex Gordon wins another Gold Glove

KANSAS CITY, Mo. In just his second full season as a major league left fielder, the Royals' Alex Gordon is now setting the standard at the position. Gordon won his second straight Gold Glove on Tuesday and became just the second Royals' outfielder to ever win multiple Gold Gloves. Amos Otis was the other. After setting a club record and leading the majors in 2011 with...

Soria-NO! Soria-YES!

Hey, Mr. Alderson!  Need to retool your bullpen?  I’ve got your relievers right here! Twitter has been abuzz this afternoon with the news that former Yankees closer Rafael Soriano and Royals closer Joakim Soria are available for the taking, with Soriano opting out of his contract and Soria having his option declined by the Royals. As far as my own thoughts on the topic go, I...

Royals acquire Santana and look for more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Here we go again? For the second straight off-season, the Royals traded for an erratic-but-sometimes-dazzling under-30 pitcher from a West Coast team with hopes he can bolster their troubled rotation. Last year it was Jonathan Sanchez, acquired from the San Francisco Giants. This time, Royals general manager Dayton Moore traded minor-league left-hander Brandon...

Royals fight Alzheimer's, hope to raise money

(Eds: Updates.) By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer Day by day, Alzheimer's disease is robbing Edith Royal of her beloved husband Darrell. ''He's in his childhood now,'' she said in an interview this week at the assisted living facility where they live. ''Sometimes, you wonder if anybody is ever going to make a breakthrough fighting this disease.'...

Ervin Santana traded to the Royals

The Kansas City Royals continued their quest to build a legitimate starting rotation on Wednesday by acquiring Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels.  Santana endured the worst season of his career in 2012 when he posted an ERA over 5 and gave up a league high 38 homeruns.  However, Santana is a former all-star and has proven on more than one occasion that he's capable...

Dugout Digest - winds of change

We had a moderately busy day yesterday as the winds of change in the offseason continued to swirl. Yesterday seemed to be National Option Day, with numerous options exercised, declined, and opted out of. Most of the decisions on options were pretty easy to predict coming into the offseason, but that doesn't make them any less interesting. The closer market this offseason...

Kansas City Royals acquire Ervin Santana from Los Angeles Angels

Tweet     The Kansas City Royals need starting pitching help. The Los Angeles Angels had two whom they held pricey club options on for the 2013 season. Now, they have just one. Today the Angels sent 29-yeard old right-hander Ervin Santana to the Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Brandon Sisk and cash considerations. [...]

MLB Contracts Options Update: R.A. Dickey, Rafael Soriano, Luis Ayala, Travis Hafner, More

Oct 31, 3:15pm ET: With the Hot Stove already in full swing, clubs and players are engaged in exercising contract options. Here’s an update The New York Mets have exercised their club option on R.A. Dickey for 2013 at $5 million. The club continues to work on potential multi-year extensions for both Dickey and David Wright. The Baltimore Orioles have exercised their club option...
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