Royals to bring back Soria

By Steve Sell
December 07, 2015

The Kansas City Star and ESPN are reporting today that the World Champion Kansas City Royals are bringing back one of their former stars.

With Ryan Madson having left the Royals for a three-year deal with the Oakland A’s over the weekend, various reports indicate Kansas City is turning to former closer Joakim Soria to replenish its fortress-like bullpen, which also will be missing Greg Holland, who was not offered a contract as he’s sitting out the 2016 season with Tommy John surgery.

Reports indicate the 31-year-old Soria will receive a three-year deal, worth $25 million. He is the former closer for the Royals, saving 160 games in five years. He made the All-Star team in 2008.

This past season he split time with Detroit and Pittsburgh. He was 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 67 innings. He saved 23 games.

Soria missed the 2012 season with Tommy John surgery.

The Star also is reporting the Royals are about to wrap up negotiations with versatile pitcher Chris Young with a two-year, id="mce_marker"1.5 million deal. He was invaluable last year both as a starter and reliever.