I’d love to trade for Joakim Soria as much as the next guy. He’s one of the few Closers in Baseball that reminds me of The Great Mariano. Slight build, misses bats (10.10 SO/9) has good control (2.53 BB/9) and is cool as ice out there. Fastball sits around 89-94 mph and has natural cutting action, which he throws most of the time. When facing Lefties, he complements the Fastball with a Change with good lateral action that he throws around 80-84 mph. Against Righties, he employs a Slider with good tilt and slow Curveball (66-71 MPH) that he mixes in equally. The cut on the Fastball makes hitters speed up their bats, and the breaking balls put them away. Earlier in his career, Mariano was called ‘the assassin’ (or El Asesino) and Soria’s nickname is ‘The Mexicutioner’. You could slide Soria in as the setup man until Mariano retires, and then have his replacement in the fold. At 26 years old, he’s still young enough to wait a few years and still have plenty left in the tank when that day eventually comes.
But here’s the problem with trading for Joakim Soria (courtesy of Cot’s)-
Joakim Soria rhp
3 years/$8.75M (2009-11), plus 2012-14 club options
* 3 years/$8.75M (2009-11), plus 2012-14 club options
o signed extension with Kansas City 5/17/08
o 09:$1M, 10:$3M, 11:$4M, 12:$6M club option, 13:$8M club option, 14:$8.75M club option ($0.75M buyout for each option)
o escalators based on IP (as starter) or games finished (as reliever)
At those prices, you’d have to give a truckload of talent to offset how underpaid he is. If for some reason the Royals love Joba, that would be a good place to start. But you’d have to fill 2-3 needs minimum with MLB ready talent. Some have suggested taking the overpaid Jose Guillen back, which would solve the bullpen and bench problem with one deal. But even then you’re talking about the Royals only saving 1/3 of his 12 mil contract, which expires at the end of this season. So you’re still looking at giving up lots of premium young talent to acquire Soria and control him for the next 4 seasons.
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