The Royals have been noted for their bullpen strength, but with closer Greg Holland out for the entire 2016 season and Ryan Madson possibly departing via free agency, Dayton Moore could be looking to re-stock the pen through free agency. Jon Morosi at Fox Sports reports the Royals are interested in a reunion with closer Joakim Soria. Soria pitched for the Royals from 2007-2011 after being selected from the Padres in the Rule 5 draft. He collected 160 saves in 298 games with a 2.40 ERA for the Royals and was a two-time All-Star. He was let go after he had the second Tommy John surgery of his career, causing him to miss the entire 2012 season. This season was the first season since then he has made more than 50 appearances in a season. The 31-year old had a 2.53 ERA in 67 2/3 innings with 24 saves for the Tigers and Pirates. Soria has drawn a lot of interest this winter with the Rangers, Red Sox, and Twins all interested with the Detroit Tigers reportedly meeting with Soria's agent this week. Both Dave Cameron at Fangraphs and Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors expect Soria to land a three-year deal at about $6-7 million per season.
The Royals are also reportedly interested in right-handed submariner Darren O'Day, reports ESPN's Buster Olney. The 33-year old posted a sub-2.00 ERA for the second consecutive season, with a 1.52 ERA this year in 65 1/3 innings. He struck out a career-high 11.3 hitters per-nine-innings and was named to his first All-Star team. O'Day is said to be in high demand with several offers "in hand". He has drawn interest from the Tigers, Cubs, Nationals, and Red Sox, among others. Dierkes predicts a three-year, $22.5 million deal for O'Day, while Cameron thinks O'Day could get a fourth year, totaling $32 million in a deal.