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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.
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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...
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.
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