I like him a lot, a whole big lot. I can remember calling in to a sports radio show right after we nabbed him in the Rule 5 draft of 2007. I asked the show's host Jason Anderson, "What about this Soria guy we recently got? He pitched a perfect game in the Mexican league I hear."
The response I got implied he'd be weaned as a reliever and then worked into a starting role. I then reiterated that he pitched a perfect game. I got some sports-talky, beat-around-the-bush B.S. answer (don't get me wrong, I love and miss Jason Anderson. I mean, I love him). It seemed important to me that he be groomed as a starter from Day 1.
- The Royals aren't going to try him as a starting pitcher. He's worth more as a starting pitcher, obviously, and maybe teams already see him as a 'project' in that regard. I'm sure he'd be receptive to it. I've heard he's pretty tough.
Reason #2 the Royals need to trade Joakim Soria now:
- His value will be substantially less if Moore tries to wait until the deadline. He will have had about 27 save opportunities at that point. And any blown saves would look far uglier right next to something like "16 saves." Maybe I'm giving this too much thought--(I wonder if Moore would think this way?)--but it just doesn't make sense to me.
Furthermore, because of the nature of "rebuilding years" (not to mention the unholy alignment of Planet Process and black hole M1985-2010), his trade value will never be as high as it is right now.
Reason #3 the Royals need to trade Joakim Soria now:
- Timing. Get a high-upside AA-er and a Low-A outfield dude with considerable upside for Soria, and add them to the dogpile for 2013.
Reason #4 the Royals need to trade Joakim Soria now:
- He won't be getting any younger during these next two Process Years, and that will also drive his value down, probably substantially.