By: Daniel Satter
Today, the Kansas City Royals finalized a 3 year deal worth $25 mil with Joakim Soria. Soria is returning to familiar grounds, but to a winning ground now unlike his first stint with the Royals who use to lose when he was there from 2007-2012.
In fact, Soria will be the Royals’ setup man with Wade Davis moving to full time closer with Greg Holland being non tendered. Herrera will remain the 7th inning man, but depending on match ups we will see how Manager Ned Yost works his three headed monster.
In addition, Soria had a great 2015 campaign between the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates. In 72 appearances Soria posted a remarkable 2.53 ERA in 67.2 innings and by also saving 24 games (23 with Tigers and 1 with Pirates). Soria struck out 64 batters, which is the most he has struck out since the 2011 season.
This is a smart deal with the bullpen losing Madson (signed with A’s), Holland, and Morales. Soria keeps the team’s biggest strength intact. Dayton Moore is proving why he is one of the smartest and best General Mangers in the MLB today.