Royals reliever Joakim Soria and Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty have both cleared waivers, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports. That means that the players’ respective teams can try to work out a deal with any interested team.
Soria, 32, hasn’t had a particularly great season, compiling a 4.03 ERA with a 52/21 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings. He has currently matched a career-worst in ERA, as he also put up a 4.03 ERA in 2011. Soria is under contract through 2018, owed a total of $18 million. He and his controlling team have a mutual option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $1 million buyout. If it seems odd that Soria was put on and cleared waivers, that contract is why.
O’Flaherty, 31, has had a miserable campaign with the Braves, posting a 6.91 ERA and a 22/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He’ll be eligible for free agency after the season. Heyman quotes a rival executive who said, “Any lefty who clears waivers can’t be very good.” Seems accurate.