Joakim Soria would love to setup for Mo and the Yankees

If the Yankees want to replace closer/setup-man Rafael Soriano with somebody else it sounds like Royals closer Joakim Soria would jump at the opportunity.

“If the Yankees call, we will be all ears,” Soria’s agent, Oscar Suarez, told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. “If there is a fit, Joakim would be elated to work with Mo. He would close everywhere except there.”

Soria, 28, hasn’t pitched since 2011 because of his second Tommy John Surgery, but he’s expected to be back and ready to start the 2013 year. The Yankees have been interested in him in the past and even offered Jesus Montero for him at one point. Soria has stated too that he doesn’t want a setup job, but he’s clearly making an exception for the Yankees because of his admiration for Mariano Rivera.

The Yankees haven’t inquired yet though, according to his agent. Hopefully that changes though because he shouldn’t be too expensive, as the Royals just declined his $8 million option, and would probably be willing to sign a one-year, establish-himself-type deal for next season. Which would give the Yankees flexibility to reach their $189 million budget goal by 2014.

Soria has a 2.40 career ERA with a 9.7 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in his career. He’s been the Royals’ closer since his rookie year.

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One Response to Joakim Soria would love to setup for Mo and the Yankees

  1. Fred says:

    Wow. I'm really surprised the Royals declined that option, seems like a deal for a player of his talents. I understand he's coming off TJS but still…

    It would be great if the Yankees could get Soria at an affordable price, he'd be an ideal replacement for Soriano's role in the bullpen. Then there would really be some serious depth out there.