Royals make it official, sign reliever Joakim Soria to 3-year, $25 million deal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals finalized a three-year, $25 million deal with Joakim Soria on Thursday, reuniting the former All-Star reliever with the club where he spent his first five seasons.

Soria will make $7 million next season, $8 million the following and $9 million in 2018, with up to $4 million in incentives each year. The $10 million option for 2019 has a $1 million buyout.

Soria was one of the game’s premier closers during his first stint in Kansas City, but he missed the 2012 season for Tommy John surgery and the Royals decided not to exercise their option on him.

He signed with Texas and since pitched for Detroit and Pittsburgh, going 3-1 with 24 saves and a 2.53 ERA for the Tigers and Pirates last season.

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