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Royals, Joakim Soria agree on a three-year, $25 million deal

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Update (1:25 AM EST): Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has confirmed the contract length and value. Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Soria’s contract includes a mutual option for a fourth year.

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting that the Royals and reliever Joakim Soria are finalizing a three-year contract. MLB.com’s Jason Beck hears that the deal is worth $25 million. Soria will slot into the back end of the Royals’ bullpen behind closer Wade Davis, handling the late innings with Kelvin Herrera. Soria is effectively replacing Ryan Madson, who recently signed with the Athletics.

Soria, 31, finished the 2015 season with a 2.53 ERA and a 64/19 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings. 41 of those innings came with the Tigers before they dealt him to the Pirates at the trade deadline in July.

The Twins, Tigers, and Rangers had expressed interest in Soria before the Royals emerged victorious.

This will be Soria’s second stint with the Royals. The club had selected him from the Padres in the Rule 5 draft December 2006. He spent six years in Kansas City before signing with the Rangers as a free agent in December 2012.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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