Joakim Soria RP KC 3 weeks ago

Soria got the call in the ninth inning Wednesday against Houston and pitched a perfect frame with a strikeout for his first save of the year.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Wade Davis had the day off after a 33-pitch save the night before, so the Royals turned to Soria, and he gave them about as beautiful a ninth inning as they could ask for. The veteran righty threw just five pitches to pick up a strikeout, then get a fly ball and a liner to shortstop for the win. Soria's clearly the second chair for save chances in Kansas City, but he's a speculative own outside of leagues that count holds.

Joakim Soria RP KC 4 weeks ago

Soria (1-0) struck out the side but also surrendered two hits and an earned run over one inning in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was an eventful stint on the mound for the veteran reliever, who actually facilitated a 3-2 Twins lead by surrendering an eighth-inning homer to Byung Ho Park. However, he managed to get through the inning by striking out the side, and then was gifted a victory when the Royals scored twice in the bottom of the inning and Wade Davis was able to close matters out in the ninth. The 31-year-old is expected to primarily serve as a set-up man to Davis in 2016, but has now yielded four earned runs in just 2.2 innings of work so far this season.

Joakim Soria RP KC 2 months ago

Soria threw two scoreless innings in Saturday's split squad win over Seattle. He's thrown six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and no walks this spring.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Soria will work in a setup role for the Royals and could be a candidate for saves if Wade Davis gets hurt. After a career low 8.5 K/9 last season, it's encouraging to see him have a strong strikeout rate this spring.

Joakim Soria RP KC 5 months ago

Soria has agreed to a three-year deal with the Royals, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The contract will be finalized later this week, but the deal is believed to be worth $25 million, plus incentives. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Soria has innings pitched and games started incentives, suggesting that he may attempt to stretch out and work from the Kansas City rotation at some point, even though he has not started since 2006. Of course, it's entirely possible that Soria will slot into the late-inning mix for the Royals, potentially reducing the value of Wade Davis if manager Ned Yost decides to anoint Soria as the team's closer.

Joakim Soria RP KC 8 months ago

Soria gave up two earned runs on two hits and one walk while retiring just two batters Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He hasn't provided Pittsburgh with the lockdown seventh-inning option the team hoped for in its deadline deal. Soria has posted a 3.46 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in a decidedly average stint (thus far) with the Bucs.

Joakim Soria RP KC 9 months ago

The Detroit Tigers are close to finalizing a deal that would send relief pitcher Joakim Soria to the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to MLive.com. The deal is not yet complete, but Soria would be a strong addition to the Pirates' bullpen after posting a 2.85 ERA with 23 saves for the Tigers this season.

Joakim Soria RP KC 10 months ago

Soria blew the save and took the loss Friday, giving up four earned runs on two hits and a walk while failing to record an out against the Twins.

The right-hander entered the ninth with runners on first and second, one out, and the Tigers sitting with a comfortable 6-2 lead. After a walk to load the bases, Soria plunked Kurt Suzuki, then allowed Danny Santana to knock in a run on a sharp single up the middle. Finally, a three-run homer off the bat of Brian Dozier ended the game. Prior to Friday's shellacking, Soria hadn't allowed a run in his last seven appearances and had worked his ERA down to 2.34. It now sits at 3.38.

Joakim Soria RP KC 10 months ago

Soria notched his 20th save of the season Thursday in a 4-2 win over the Twins. He has four saves and a win in his last six appearances.

It was an unremarkable outing -- he faced four batters and had no strikeouts or walks, but he did allow a hit. It was the first appearance in his last seven that he failed to record at least one K.

Joakim Soria RP KC 10 months ago

Soria shut the door on Toronto, allowing one hit and striking out two in the ninth inning of an 8-6 Detroit win Friday night.

He now has 18 saves to go with a 2.48 ERA and appears to be back on track after a short stretch of trouble in the middle of June. The always feisty Blue Jays' hitters exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to cut deeply into an 8-0 Detroit lead so his performance was very welcome.

Joakim Soria RP KC 10 months ago

Soria, who had struggled through the middle of June with a bloated ERA, seems to have righted the ship over his last three outings. In his last three appearances (3.0 innings), he has allowed just three hits and struck out three, and has recorded one win and one save.

It's a stark contrast to the period between June 5 and 22 when he allowed six runs, nine hits (including five home runs) and struck out just two in 5.1 innings of work. He had one save and one blown save in that period. It's been a bad June overall for the entire Tigers' bullpen -- it has a 5.27 ERA and 1.650 WHIP this month -- so this turn for the better may start to stabilize the entire group.