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Joakim Soria agrees to two-year contract with Rangers

Dec 3, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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Joakim Soria, who had his $8 million option declined by the Royals, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Rangers, according to Ken Rosenthal of

Soria missed all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery, but was among the elite closers in baseball from 2007-2011, saving 160 games with a 2.40 ERA in 315 innings.

Presumably in Texas he’d act as a setup man for Joe Nathan, who himself was signed by the Rangers one season after coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery that cost him all of 2010.

Nathan saved 37 games with a 2.80 ERA and 78/13 K/BB ratio in 64 innings for the Rangers this year, so if Soria is healthy Texas’ late-inning bullpen could be scary. Soria would replace free agent Mike Adams as Nathan’s primary setup man.

  1. geoknows - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Two years for a pitcher coming off his second Tommy John surgery? He shouldn’t get anything more than a one year, make-good type of deal. Rangers are like the used-to-be Yankees and the new Dodgers, though; they love to spend pointlessly like drunk sailors. I hope they also realize that, if they’re counting on Soria to take Mike Adams place, he really isn’t expected to be ready until perhaps as late as June.

    • Mike Luna - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      Do you really think a club (especially one as savvy as Texas) wouldn’t understand that Soria needs a little more time to recover? TJ recovery time isn’t some great mystery these days.

      Also, where exactly have the Rangers been spending “pointlessly like drunk sailors”? Their big acquisitions the last 2 years have been Adrian Beltre, Joe Nathan, and Yu Darvish. They walked away from Cliff Lee and CJ Wilson, they didn’t get into the mix with Pujols or Prince.

      You seem to be confusing them with Boston, Miami, and most recently LA, because those are the only drunk sailors I can remember.

    • beefytrout - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      I love how you criticize their spending when the article makes no mention of what they spent on Soria.

  2. tuberippin - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Texas seems to be pretty good at pitching projects (Colby Lewis, CJ Wilson, Joe Nathan coming off arm surgery, etc.) so I like this deal for them. I think Soria could have gotten a closing gig somewhere else, but perhaps he’s an insurance policy at closer for Texas now that Neftali Feliz is rehabbing from TJ surgery. Either way, it’s good for the Rangers, given that they’ll likely lose Koji Uehara and maybe Mike Adams in free agency.

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