MLB Trades: Are Joakim Soria’s Days in Kansas City Numbered?
The Dodgers, Rockies and Braves have seemingly replaced the Tigers, Cubs and Cardinals on Joakim Soria‘s no-trade list, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.com. The reliever can still block trades to the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies with his no-trade clause, which would provide him with leverage in the unlikely event of a proposed deal.
The asking price for Soria is said to be “exorbitant,” according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, who hears that Royals officials haven’t had high level talks about the closer with the Yankees since last summer.
Soria, 27, has a 4.03 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 38 innings this year. He had a nightmarish May during which he briefly lost the closer’s job, but has recovered nicely, posting a 14K/2BB ratio since with just one earned run allowed in 16 innings in June and July.
The reliever’s 2012 option vests at $6MM if he finishes 55 games this year (he has finished 26 games so far). The Royals also have an $8MM option for Soria in 2013 ($750K buyout) and an $8.75MM option for 2014 ($750K buyout).
While it seems unlikely the Royals would seek to move Soria since the teams official position is “we look to compete for the division in 2012 and beyond” one has to assume that if the right trade partner comes knocking and dangles a sweet package in front of them they’ll at least give it a listen.