TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 23: Salvador Perez #13 and Joakim Soria #48 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate 6-4 win against the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB action at Rogers Centre August 23, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
Here's the latest out of Kansas City, a player in the market for the first time in what seems like years -- and with closer contracts skyrocketing and the team sitting on a club-friendly contract for Joakim Soria, rumors are abundant. Don't forget the Royals have prospects Wil Myers and Christian Colon drawing a ton of interest (though Dayton Moore wants you to forget about Myers):
- Twitter / @jaysonst - "#Royals listening on Soria, but want young, controllable, front-line starter in return. Meanwhile, balking at moving Wil Myers in any deal"
- Winter meetings notebook: Royals looking for situational lefty reliever - KansasCity.com:
- Dutton reports that the Royals were ready to acquire RHP James Shields from the Rays in exchange for Wil Myers and Christian Colon, but Dayton Moore strongly rejects any rumors involving Wil Myers.
The talent-rich Kansas City Royals are drawing interest at the Winter Meetings | royals.com: News
"Moore, of course, is well aware of the big contracts recently bestowed on closers Jonathan Papelbon by the Philadelphia Phillies (four years, $50 million) and Heath Bell by the Miami Marlins (three years, $27 million). That makes the $22.75 million to keep Soria over the next three years look pretty good."
Offseason Decisions: Should the Royals trade Soria?
"The Royals are a team on the upswing. They still have holes on the roster, but with a rapidly improving talent base, they have assets to try and fill those holes even if they don’t have the direct replacements on hand. The question that I ask is whether it is better to use their closer as bait to fill those holes for now and in the future. Would the return be worth what they would be giving up?"