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Royals decline option for Joakim Soria

The Kansas City Royals declined their 2013 club option on Joakim Soria, making the closer a free agent.

J. Meric

The Kansas City Royals decided to decline their 2013 club option on closer Joakim Soria, making the two-time All-Star a free agent this offseason.

Soria missed the entire 2012 season after having Tommy John surgery. In his place, the Royals used Jonathan Broxton, who picked up 23 saves before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds. Following Broxton's departure, Greg Holland received most of the closer work, recording 16 saves.

In his last season of action in 2011, Soria pitched in 60 games, compiling a 5-5 record to go along with 28 saves and a 4.03 ERA. Soria had his most success in 2008 and 2010 when he was named an All-Star, earning 42 and 43 saves, respectively, with an ERA less than 2.00.

The Royals will attempt to build a stronger and more consistent bullpen this offseason after finishing in third place in the AL Central with a 70-92 record.