Royals reliever Joakim Soria is not one to dwell on the past. Case in point: After returning to Kansas City and suffering through a nightmarish 2016 season, Soria said it took him all of 24 hours to flush the memory and move forward.
“Day one,” Soria said.
The performance was not pleasant, of course. In 2016, Soria posted a 4.05 ERA and recorded a club-high seven blown saves. According to “Win Probability Added.” an advanced metric that measures a pitcher’s impact on a game, he was the third-worst reliever in baseball. It was not what he had envisioned after returning to the Royals on a three-year, $25 million contract.
“It’s not that I don’t think about it,” Soria said. “But you have to move forward. It’s like in any job, you have rough days, you have rough years. But you have to move forward.