Joakim Soria
RP KC
3 weeks ago

Soria could see save chances with Wade Davis (forearm) landing on the 15-day DL on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Ned Yost's claim that "everyone moves up a slot" with Davis out, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, would seem to hint at Kelvin Herrera getting most of the chances in ninth inning. However, Yost would not commit to Herrera and suggested he will mix and match in the later innings. Soria is striking batters out at a career-low 21.4 percent clip and his walk rate is pushing 10 percent (4.08 FIP), but he does have 203 career saves under his belt. Davis hopes to return after the minimum 15 days.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria (2-2) only lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowing two hits and two runs to blow his second save of the year Thursday against Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

With Wade Davis unavailable, Soria was called to seal the deal, but he failed to deliver after he allowed the game-winning run on a sac fly to Mike Napoli. Soria has been effective (for the most part) as a late-inning reliever, but he's blown two of his three save chances this season. His 3.81 ERA and 1.26 WHIP aren't exactly sexy, either.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria (2-1) pitched two innings of perfect ball in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the White Sox, striking out one.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old stymied the struggling White Sox, notching his fifth straight scoreless outing. Soria has been largely effective in May after a rough April, posting a 1-0 record, 1.59 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over 11.1 innings during the month.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria gave up one hit in a scoreless inning of work as Kansas City defeated Atlanta 4-2 on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Soria has now pitched to a 1.93 ERA in his last nine outings after a sluggish start that saw him accumulate a 7.00 ERA until April 25. While his recent outings seem to indicate he's back to his effective self, Soria has limited fantasy value in smaller fantasy leagues as long as Wade Davis holds Kansas City's closing duties. However, if Davis goes down with an injury, Soria would be a likely candidate to assume ninth inning work given his lengthy experience in that role.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
4 months 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.

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 months 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.

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
4 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.

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
8 months ago

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

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
11 months ago

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

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
12 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.