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 ($4.25 million this year, $5.75 million next year and an $8 million mutual option in 2018 with a $1.5 million buyout and $250,000 roster bonuses each year). Soria's agreement is pending a physical.
Soria, one of the top relievers available on this year's free-agent market, posted a 2.53 ERA over 72 combined outings between the Tigers and Pirates last season. He pitched particularly well down the stretch, piling up a 2.03 ERA in 29 appearances for Pittsburgh after being acquired at the Trade Deadline.
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.
The 31-year-old Soria spent his first five seasons with Kansas City, registering a 2.40 ERA -- and two All-Star appearances -- from 2007-11. Soria has a 2.57 career ERA in 444 appearances overall, spanning eight seasons.
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After posting a 2.81 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP across the past two seasons, Soria will warrant a lineup spot in all American League-only formats. He has compiled 42 saves since the outset of 2014, but he will now be expected to work in a setup role in front of closer Wade Davis. Given Davis' dominance and excellent health -- he has not made a disabled-list stint since 2011 -- Soria will be hard-pressed to see many save chances or crack mixed-league rosters in '16.
Young has performed well during the past two seasons, recording a 3.40 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP across 64 appearances (47 starts) in that span. With a spacious home park to support his fly-ball tendencies, the right-hander could be an asset in deep mixed leagues if he can earn a rotation spot in '16.
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.