Royals decline Joakim Soria's contract option

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The former Royals closer missed all of 2012 after Tommy John surgery.

Joakim Soria. Remember him? He saved 160 games for the Kansas City Royals between 2007 and 2011. That's third in franchise history behind Jeff Montgomery and Dan Quisenberry.

He made $6 million in 2012 for... doing nothing. Soria had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season. He had contract options for $8 million in 2013 and $8.75 million in 2014, with a $750,000 buyout for each option. Which is why this should come as no surprise:

Soria, who is 28, could still come back and have productive seasons. The Royals might even bring him back at a lower price, but it's totally understandable why they didn't want to pay him another $8 million not knowing whether he'll be ready for 2013.

He might also be an attractive chance for another team who's looking for a closer, or even to have him set up.

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