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Winter Meetings: Day 2, Soria is a Ranger, Hochevar Wil(l) Bounce Back, Dickey Rumors

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Well, it is day 2 of the winter meetings and not a big piece of news yet for the Royals.

Soria Signs With Rangers for around $8-9M

I think this was a good move by all parties involved. Soria gets some guaranteed money while he is rehabbing for part of this season. The Rangers get a top closer for probably 1.5 seasons for a reasonable price. The Royals aren't paying Soria's salary for the chance he will be back 100% since they already have a stocked bullpen. It is sad to see him and his curve ball go.

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The one mystery with Soria that will always exist is what could have the Royals gotten for him when he was healthy and the team didn't need a lock down 9th inning closer. The Royals ended up with nothing. No AAAA filler. Not a C+ prospect. No a damn thing. Not moving Soria at his peak value is one of the worst non-moves Dayton made during his tenure.

Yost on Hochevar

Ned Yost said that Luke Hochevar will bounce back. I know Ned can't throw him under the bus, but bounce back?Bounce back from what? From having the highest ERA among pitchers over the last 5 years. Luke has nothing to bounce back to, but being a below average frustrating pitcher.

Dickey Rumors

I would love to see the Royals pick up Dickey. The $5M he is owed is probably less than we will pay Hochevar. I know he wants an extension and the team that signs has the best chance to evaluate him. If people are worried about how he will pitch, wait a few starts and then offer the extension. I would not be too worried about his arm and some performance based incentives could be added to the contract.