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Royals decline 2013 club option on pitcher Joakim Soria


The Kansas City Royals announced today that the team has declined its 2013 option on right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria, making him a free agent.

Soria, 28, missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on April 3.  Acquired in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft on December 7, 2006, Soria is 13-15 with 160 saves and a 2.40 ERA in 298 career Major League outings, all for Kansas City.

Photos: Royals Awards show

Hardware was handed out on Saturday afternoon at the Royals Awards show, which honored Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Joakim Soria and all of the organizational award winners.  Let’s take a look!


Chen, the Joe Burke Special Achievement winner, and Soria, the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, congratulated one another after the event.  Both players were very proud and appreciative of the awards.  Bruce, who worked his way back from “Tommy John” surgery in 2007, wanted to make sure that his award arrived to his Arizona home without a scratch – so he bought a seat on the plane for it!


Billy Butler received his second Les Milgram Player of the Year honor on the same day that would see him ink a long-term contract with the Royals.


Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.


John Lamb earned the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year award.  John, who turns 21 in July, will be the youngest player in Kansas City’s Major League camp at spring training.


Eric Hosmer won the Carolina League batting title and slugged key playoff home runs in the Texas League playoffs in 2010.  On Saturday, he was recognized for the other part of his game with the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award.


Derrick Robinson took his game to another level in 2010, setting a career high in batting average.  Robinson, who led the Texas League with 50 stolen bases, earned the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year award for the second time.  Wilson pointed out that Robinson is outstanding at both baserunning and base stealing.


Former Missouri State pitcher Buddy Baumann received the Mike Sweeney Award from the five-time All-Star.  The award goes to the minor league player who best represents the organization off of the field.  Baumann participated in a variety of community events while with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010.

Photo: Francoeur, Soria and the unintentional wardrobe match

New teammates Jeff Francoeur and Joakim Soria showed up at FanFest today wearing matching plaid shirts…take a look!

Soria_Francoeur.JPGFanFest continues on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the Royals Awards show taking place on the main stage from 1:30 to 2:30.  Be there to see Billy Butler and Joakim Soria receive their player and pitcher of the year awards!  Bruce Chen will be presented with the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award and several top prospects will be honored, including Mike Moustakas and John Lamb

Royals announce 2010 organizational award winners

The Royals are pleased to announce the remaining organizational award winners for the 2010 season.  The honorees will be recognized at the 2011 Royals Awards Show, scheduled for Saturday, January 22 in conjunction with Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience at the Overland Park Convention Center.

During the event, the Royals will recognize 12 honorees for their contributions both on and off the field in 2010.  Former Royals greats such as George Brett and Willie Wilson will be among the presenters in attendance.

Previously, the club announced the following award recipients as voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  Royals’ closer Joakim Soria  was the selection for the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year while Billy Butler was the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year for the second straight season.  Starter Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.

The remaining award recipients to be recognized at the event include:

Mike Moustakas, recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman combined to hit .322 with NW Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA), tying for the minor league lead with 36 home runs.  The Royals’ first-round selection (2nd overall) in 2007 also posted 41 doubles and drove in 124 in being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year, the Texas League Player of the Year, and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star.

John Lamb, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top pitcher. The 20-year-old pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, wrapping up at NW Arkansas.  The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., was a combined 10-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 28 starts, allowing 122 hits in 147.2 innings, striking out 159 and walking just 45.  Lamb was a fifth-round pick of the Royals in 2008.

Derrick Robinson, recipient of the Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top base runner.  The 23-year-old patrolled center field for the Texas League-champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010, hitting .286 with a league-leading 50 stolen bases in 67 attempts.  The speedster, drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2006, has swiped 236 bases in his professional career, including 181 in his last three campaigns, and is a two-time winner of the Willie Wilson Award, also earning the honor in 2008.

Eric Hosmer, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player.  Hosmer, 21, is an athletic first baseman who posted a .988 fielding percentage in 80 games at Wilmington (A Advanced) before upping that mark to .994 in 43 games at first for NW Arkansas.  At the plate, the Royals’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in 2008 batted a combined .338 with 43 doubles, nine triples, 20 home runs, 86 RBI and 87 runs, also stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.

Buddy Baumann, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award – recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.  The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher tirelessly volunteered for numerous community events throughout the 2010 season, visiting Wilmington-area schools and hospitals and conducting several baseball clinics.  Kansas City’s seventh-round selection in 2009 was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances for Burlington (A) to begin 2010 before going 4-2 with four saves and posting a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for Wilmington.

Brian Poldberg, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development.  The only manager the NW Arkansas Naturals have ever known, Poldberg led the club to the Texas League Championship in 2010.  The team was also recently recognized as the Baseball America Minor League Club of the Year.  After ending a seven-year playing career, the Carter Lake, Iowa resident has been a coach and instructor in the Royals organization since 1987.

Sean Gibbs, recipient of the Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout.  Gibbs has served the Royals organization as an area scout since 2007.  He has scouted and signed several players including 2010 Burlington (R) Pitcher of the Year Crawford Simmons.

Andrew Layman, assistant general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee.  Layman has directed the merchandise, ticket and stadium operations departments during his 19-year Blue Rocks tenure.  In 1998, he received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for best exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in recognition of his time invested with a local teen.  The Malvern, Pa. native is a 1992 graduate of Lynchburg College where he played lacrosse.  He currently makes his home in Wilmington with fiance, Jordan, and their son, Mason.

In addition, the Royals will honor Chuck Sailors with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award –  recognizing an outstanding member of the community.  In 2004, Sailors founded the KC Urban Youth Center at 28th and Troost in Kansas City, Mo.  Today, the center is part of three low-income housing communities in urban Kansas City serving more than 300 students and their families each year.  Sailors and his staff work daily with a holistic approach in order to offer hope, community and wholeness to children and youth living in traditionally underserved communities.


Joakim Soria reflects on 2010, looks ahead

Soria_2010.jpgGreat closers are often said to have the ability to forget about a bad outing.  Joakim Soria, the 2010 Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year, didn’t have many nights to forget this past season.   When he does need to put a game behind him, he learns from it rather than forgetting about it entirely.   Soria allowed back-to-back home runs to Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton in the eighth inning on May 6 at Texas as the Rangers rallied for a 13-12 win.  Afterwards, Soria reviewed what happened in the game to prepare himself for future opportunities.  And prepare he did to the tune of converting on his next 36 save opportunities, setting a franchise mark.  Soria sees the consecutive saves record as the highlight of his 2010 season.

Soria returned to his native Mexico after the season.  He took three weeks off and now he’s back on his training program.  Last offseason, he built his strength and endurance by working closely with Ty Hill (K.C.’s strength and conditioning coordinator) and Jeff Blum (the team’s physical therapist).  The result was that Soria felt great throughout the season.  He is once again looking to the pair for advice as he prepares for 2011.

When asked about his future in Kansas City, Soria told the media that he is happy to be a part of the Royals family and believes that he fits in with what the Royals want to do.  He sees his career path as a closer, stating simply “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. 

The Royals will announce the Les Milgram Player of the Year on Monday.  We’ll post the press release and follow up with a conference call summary. 

Royals closer Joakim Soria named 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year

soria_8314.jpgThe Royals have announced that right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria is the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year.  The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

The 26-year-old Soria, who also won the award in 2008, went 1-2 with a career-high 43 saves in 46 opportunities in 2010.  In 66 appearances, he compiled a 1.78 ERA, striking out 71 and walking just 16 in 65.2 innings.  The two-time A.L. All-Star (2008 and 2010) finished second in the league in saves (Rafael Soriano-TB, 45) and just two back of the Royals single-season record held by Dan Quisenberry (1983) and Jeff Montgomery (1993).  Soria set a pair of Royals club marks in 2010, converting 36 saves in a row and posting 23.2 consecutive scoreless innings as a reliever.  Soria finished third in baseball in save percentage (93.5), behind the Padres’ Heath Bell (94.0) and the Rays’ Rafael Soriano (93.8).  The Monclova, Mexico, resident becomes the 10th Royals pitcher to be named the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year at least twice since the award’s inception in 1971.  Dan Quisenberry and Bret Saberhagen each earned the honor a team-high four times.

Yesterday, left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.  The Royals will announce the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year on Monday.

Check back later today as we post a summary of Joakim’s conference call.


Vote Soria!

Soria_2010.jpgThe nominations for’s “This Year in Baseball” awards have been announced.  Kansas City closer Joakim Soria is up for two MLB-wide awards: “Closer of the Year” and “Dependable Player of the Year”.

Soria was dominant in 2010, posting a 1.78 ERA while converting 43 of 46 save chances.  The 43 saves rank fourth in club history.  Soria made his second A.L. All-Star team and converted 36 save opportunities in a row at one point, topping Jeff Montgomery’s previous club record of 24 straight.  He also joined Dan Quisenberry as the only Royals with two seasons of 40+ saves.

Let’s vote for Joakim!  Just follow this link and look for Soria’s picture under “Closer of the Year” and “Dependable Player of the Year”.

Ned Yost media session: October 2

DeJesus Option Exercised

Today the Royals announced they have exercised their 2011 club option on David DeJesus. Yost said the decision was a no-brainer and he’s glad the club made the move. He also expressed his faith in Dayton Moore, saying the general manager knows which way to take the team. Yost added that DeJesus is a very underrated player, much like teammate Joakim Soria. Yost said he knew of DeJesus when he managed in the other league, but definitely had no idea just how good he was until this season when he watched him up close.  The manager also said it hurt a lot when the outfielder got injured because the team lost a solid all-around competitor. 

Soria posts second 40+ save season

Soria_2010.jpgCongratulations to Joakim Soria, who recorded his 40th save of the season tonight.  Soria had 42 saves in 2008.  He becomes the second Royal with two seasons of 40+ saves, joining Dan Quisenberry (45 in 1983, 44 in 1984).  The KC record for saves in a season is 45, set by Quisenberry and tied by Jeff Montgomery in 1993.

Ned Yost media session: August 19

Save the date

Yost expects Gil Meche to begin his rehab assignment this Saturday in Omaha. He will start off throwing 20-25 pitches and will build his way to 40. When Meche eventually returns to Kansas City, Yost plans on using the pitcher only after the fifth or sixth inning and for only one or two frames at a time. The manager said Meche will not go back-to-back days this year because it doesn’t make sense to push him.

Saved by Soria

Joakim Soria is tied for second in the Majors in saves after notching his 35th last night against the Indians. Yost said it is a great feeling to have a guy like Soria as a closer because he has total confidence that the pitcher will get the job done. Yost realizes that Soria will eventually make a mistake or two, but as far as he’s concerned, Soria is as close to a robot or machine as you can get.

Filling the gap

With the trade of Kyle Farnsworth and the placement of Robinson Tejeda on the D.L., the Royals were left without some set-up relievers between the starters and Soria.  Since then, other guys in the bullpen have had opportunities to try to fill the void. Yost believes opportunity is a wonderful thing, and the right guys will stand up and take charge when given the chance.  Recently, Blake Wood has shook off some rookie stumbles to take the reins in the eighth.


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