The Royals aren’t interested in moving Joakim Soria

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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.

A.J. Hinch responds to Ken Giles’ negative comments about Astros

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On Sunday, Blue Jays closer Ken Giles spoke to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star. Giles said, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston.” Giles won a World Series with the Astros last year, but talked about communication issues with the Astros and compared them unfavorably to the Blue Jays. Giles described the communication as having been “lost” and credited the Jays for staying patient with him.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch responded to Giles’ comments on Monday. Per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Hinch said:

I think he’s wrong and I’m disappointed that he would go down that path given how much work and time and energy and communication that our front office, our coaching staff, me, we all went through this with him. And I understand, there was some disappointment in his tenure as an Astro because of the turbulent way things went about. We gave him every opportunity, we communicated with him effectively, we have an incredible culture where every single player will tell you it’s one of the best cultures they’ve had, one of the best communication envrionments they’ve had. They all know their roles. They all know their situations. To have one person out of all the guys in our clubhouse come out and claim otherwise is flat wrong.

While Giles certainly could be embellishing or deliberately misconstruing his time there, Hinch’s rebuttal doesn’t actually disqualify anything Giles said. Giles certainly could have had a negative experience in Houston even if everyone else was enjoying the “incredible culture” and “one of the best communication environments.”

Given how the Astros — including Hinch — responded to criticism about their acquiring an accused domestic abuser, they’re not in the best position to boast about an “incredible culture” anyway.

At any rate, this is a he-said, he-said situation. If anything more comes of it, it will be Giles further torching a bridge.