Royals Pick Up Soria Option

ROYALS EXERCISE 2012 CLUB OPTION ON PITCHER JOAKIM SORIA

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 31, 2011) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has exercised the 2012 club option on closerJoakim Soria. Consistent with club policy, terms of the option were not disclosed.

“This decision was more of a formality,” Royals GM Dayton Moore said. “Joakim has been an exceptional closer for the last five years. For us to put together a strong pitching staff in 2012, it is important that Joakim remain a key component at the back end of the bullpen.”

Soria, 27, was 5-5 with 28 saves and a 4.03 ERA in 60 relief appearances in 2011. From June 1 through the end of the season, Soria converted 21 of 23 save opportunities while posting a 2.58 ERA. The two-time American League All-Star (2008, 2010) has compiled 160 saves in 180 opportunities while posting a 2.40 ERA in five seasons with the Royals since making his debut in 2007.

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