The Royals have declined their 2013 option on Joakim Soria after he missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, making the former All-Star closer a free agent. Even though Soria is a free agent, both sides have expressed interest in working out a new contract. Moore also has indicated that the Royals are interested in negotiating a new deal with Soria, probably laden with incentives based on his ability to return to pitching. Soria missed all of the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 3 and general manager Dayton Moore has indicated the right-hander might not be ready to pitch in the Major Leagues until June. The Royals bought out the contract for $750,000. He was chosen by the Royals in the Rule 5 draft in 2006, and evolved into one of the league's top closers, saving 160 games and putting together a 2.40 ERA in parts of five seasons. This year he was replaced in the first half by Jonathan Broxton, who had 23 saves before he was traded to the Reds, and in the second half by Greg Holland, who had 16 saves.