The Kansas City Royals have picked up their 2012 club option on closer Joakim Soria.

The Royals announced the move Monday, bringing back the right-hander for a sixth season.

Soria, 27, has saved 160 games in 180 chances for Kansas City since his rookie year in 2007.

He was 28-of-35 in saves this past season with a 4.03 earned run average -- by far the highest ERA of his career. In 2010, he saved 43 games in 46 chances and had a 1.78 ERA.