Joakim Soria is heading back to Kansas City and Chris Young is staying there after agreeing to deals with the Royals. Soria’s deal is reportedly for three years and $25 million, while Young’s is for two years. Both agreements are pending physicals.
Soria had a 2.53 ERA over 72 combined outings between the Tigers and Pirates last season. He had a 2.03 ERA in 29 appearances for Pittsburgh after being acquired at the Trade Deadline. The 31-year-old Soria spent five seasons with Kansas City, with two All-Star appearances. He has a 2.57 career ERA in 444 appearances overall, spanning eight seasons.
Young, 36, went 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 34 games, 18 of them starts, for the Royals last season after joining them as a free agent in March. He won a game against the Mets in the World Series.
Ben Zobrist, a big spark for the Royals, is a native of Nashville, where this week’s winter meetings are taking place. San Francisco, New York, and Washington are considered front runners for his services.