The Royals were awful in 2010. They figure to be even worse without Zack Greinke, at least in 2011. With that in mind, many have speculated that they will soon be looking to trade their closer Joakim Soria, as well. I even talked about the possibility in this space yesterday after it was confirmed that Jeremy Jeffress was in the deal. Apparently not.
While the Royals are receiving calls on Soria, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the club has no plans to move him.
Soria, 26, will make $4 million next season and has a series of affordable club/vesting options from 2012-2014 ($6 million, $8 million and $8.75 million), so while the Royals aren’t going to win anytime soon, they don’t have much sense of urgency to move him, either. By the way, the Royals would need his approval for trades to the Yankees, Tigers, Red Sox, Phillies, Cardinals and Cubs.
It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.
That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.