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Royals interested in reunion with Joakim Soria

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Joakim Soria served as the Royals’ primary closer from 2007-2011, tallying 160 saves alongside a 2.40 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 9.7 K/9. Now a free agent, there’s talk of the right-handed reliever returning to Kansas City.

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are interested in a reunion with Soria, adding that talks between the two parties “remain preliminary.”

Soria registered a 2,53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 8.5 K/9 in 67 2/3 innings this past season between the Tigers and Pirates. He served as a closer in Detroit, earning 23 saves, and then worked as a setup man in Pittsburgh.

Kansas City would presumably use Soria in setup duty for closer Wade Davis.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.