Royals exercise 2012 club option on pitcher Joakim Soria
“This decision was more of a formality,” Royals GM Dayton Moore said. “Joakim has been an exceptional closer for the last five years. For us to put together a strong pitching staff in 2012, it is important that Joakim remain a key component at the back end of the bullpen.”
Soria, 27, was 5-5 with 28 saves and a 4.03 ERA in 60 relief appearances in 2011. From June 1 through the end of the season, Soria converted 21 of 23 save opportunities while posting a 2.58 ERA. The two-time American League All-Star (2008, 2010) has compiled 160 saves in 180 opportunities while posting a 2.40 ERA in five seasons with the Royals since making his debut in 2007.