MLB free agent news: Mike Moustakas, Joakim Soria decline Brewer options, hit market

Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas and reliever Joakim Soria are set to become free agents after declining mutual options for 2019 on Tuesday, leaving the Brewers with 36 players on their 40-man roster.

3B Mike Moustakas and RHP Joakim Soria have elected free agency. Both had mutual options. The 40-man roster now stands at 36.

According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Moustakas declined a $15 million option and Soria declined an option worth $10 million. Both were inherited by the Brewers through in-season trades. The Brewers acquired Soria in a deal with the White Sox on July 26 and then added Moustakas in a trade with the Royals a day later. 

Moustakas, 30, turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer and left Kansas City after the 2017 season but was unable to find a long-term deal he liked and returned to the Royals in mid-March on a one-year contract.

He hit .256/.326/.441 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs in 54 regular-season games for the Brewers last season. He batted .251/.315/.459 with 28 homers and 95 RBIs over 152 regular-season games in 2018. He slashed .200/.273/.250 with three RBIs in 40 postseason at-bats.

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Soria, 34, dealt with a groin strain in 2018 and was on the disabled list in August but had a strong September as he allowed only two runs over his final 11 regular-season outings. He was 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 26 regular-season games with the Brewers. He went 1-0 in seven postseason appearances, allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Moustakas and Soria join Gio Gonzalez, Wade Miley and Curtis Granderson as Brewers who elected free agency this week.

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