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Yankees Trade Rumors: Jesus Montero for Joakim Soria Refused by Royals

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IJuly 26, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG - APRIL 30:  Reliever Joakim Soria #48 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 30, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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According to Jayson Stark of ESPN , the Royals don’t seem like they are going to part with their closer, Joakim Soria , and they have even turned down an offer by the Yankees that included their top prospect, catcher Jesus Montero .

Here’s more from Stark:

"Lots of Zack Greinke and Joakim Soria rumors flying in Kansas City. But teams we’ve surveyed say they see no sign that either is going anywhere. The Yankees just made another run at Soria, as first reported by SI.com —even dangling Jesus Montero. But the Royals weren’t interested."

The Yankees haven’t been impressed with the relievers available on the trade market, so it seems like they are going for the big fish rather than give up prospects for mediocre players.

They might eventually settle on some less than spectacular relievers, but not until they make sure they haven’t passed up a chance to get a Soria-caliber player.

The Yankees must have been serious about trying to land Soria, though. Up until this point, the Yankees have only offered Montero in deals that included Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee .

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