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Closer Joakim Soria agreed to a three-year, $8.75 million contract extension, a deal that includes three club options that could raise the value to about $32.75 million. He has 11 saves and a 1.04 ERA this season.
Royals signed RHP Joakim Soria to a three-year contract with options for 2012, '13 and '14.

It's rather odd that Soria would give the Royals all of the option years like that, but they'll probably be under pretty favorable terms. Unfortunately, Soria has been so good this year that it appears unlikely that we'll ever see what he could do as a starter. He certainly has the varied arsenal to get through lineups three times per night. Soria, who turns 24 on Saturday, just gave up his first two runs on Thursday, but he recorded the save anyway, making him 11-for-11 on the season. If the Royals keep him in the closer's role, he'll probably be an elite reliever for a long time.

He is probably going to rank as one of the best Rule 5 picks.

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