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  1. Joakim Soria hopes to begin rehab assignment Thursday

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:31 PM EST

    Joakim Soria AP

    The Rangers signed reliever Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million contract over the winter, but he has yet to throw a pitch for the club because he’s still in recovery mode from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. However, they could finally get some bang for their buck soon. Evan Grant of…

  2. Joakim Soria has strained pectoral muscle, not expected to pitch for Rangers until July

    Apr 22, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    Joakim Soria AP

    When the Rangers signed reliever Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million contract during the offseason, they were hoping that he would make it back from Tommy John surgery in late May or early June. It turns out that they’ll be waiting a bit longer. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Soria…

  3. Joakim Soria aiming to join Rangers’ bullpen in May

    Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

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    Via Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria was smiling on Sunday, pleased that after throwing three bullpen sessions his arm has felt good. He still feels that some time in May is a realistic target for his return. “I won’t know for sure until I face hitters,” Soria said. “Threw the first few bullpens, everything…

  4. Joakim Soria throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

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    Joakim Soria may not be ready to join the Rangers’ bullpen until late May or early June, but he took a major step today in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Soria threw off a mound today for the first time since going under the knife last April.…

  5. Joakim Soria targeting June return from elbow surgery

    Jan 10, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

    Joakim Soria

    Texas signed Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million deal to serve as Joe Nathan‘s setup man, but it won’t be for a while. Soria told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s targeting late May or early June for his return from Tommy John elbow surgery. Soria underwent the surgery last April and many…

  6. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  7. Bruce Bochy wants Brian Wilson back with the Giants

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Brian Wilson isn’t happy that the Giants non-tendered him and isn’t wanted by the Dodgers, but manager Bruce Bochy would like the rehabbing right-hander back in San Francisco. “Sometimes these things don’t go as smooth as you would like,” Bochy said, via Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. “You still don’t forget the contributions he made to…

  8. Joakim Soria agrees to two-year contract with Rangers

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

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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 FOXSports.com. 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…

  9. Angels still pursuing bullpen help, interested in Sean Burnett and Mike Adams

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto continues to search for bullpen help after missing out on Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. Fujikawa chose the Cubs, perhaps in part because he wanted a chance to be a closer and the Angels had just signed Ryan Madson to more or less fill that role. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says…

  10. Brian Wilson and Giants “not exactly seeing eye to eye”

    Nov 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Brian Wilson AP

    Brian Wilson has started throwing again after missing nearly the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but his days with the Giants could be numbered. Friday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players and Wilson seems all but certain to be non-tendered by the Giants after being paid $8.5 million…

  11. Reds have been “talking to” free agent Joakim Soria

    Nov 11, 2012, 3:59 PM EST

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    The Reds are considering moving left-hander Aroldis Chapman into their starting rotation next season. So they’ll need to make an addition or two this winter in order to beef up the back end of their bullpen. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cincy front office has been “talking to” free agent right-hander Joakim Soria,…

  12. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EST

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    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  13. Joakim Soria open to being a setup man with the Yankees

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

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    Joakim Soria recently became a free agent after the Royals declined his $8 million option for 2013. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, the thought is that he’ll look for a closer job on a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value and testing the market again next offseason. But he’s keeping his options…

  14. Royals decline $7.5 million option on Joakim Soria

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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    Joakim Soria missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and today the Royals declined their $7.5 million option on the once-elite closer, making him a free agent. Soria will hit the open market after receiving a $750,000 buyout, although Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that it’s possible the Royals will…

  15. Royals expected to decline Joakim Soria’s option for 2013

    Oct 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    Joakim Soria took a big step in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery by throwing yesterday for the first time, but with his status for the beginning of next season still uncertain Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals “are expected to exercise a $750,000 buyout clause” of his $8…

  16. Joakim Soria throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Oct 2, 2012, 7:27 PM EST

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    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that Royals right-hander Joakim Soria played catch on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in April. Soria made 25 throws from a distance of 45 feet and reported no issues during or after the short workout. He is hoping…

  17. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EST

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  18. Reds’ NL-best bullpen adds Jonathan Broxton from Royals

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:37 PM EST

    Jonathan Broxton

    You wouldn’t think the Reds would need more bullpen help, what with Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall leading a relief corps that has the best ERA in baseball, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cincinnati has acquired Jonathan Broxton from Kansas City for minor leaguers Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran. Broxton signed a one-year,…

  19. Royals want a player, not a prospect, for Jonathan Broxton

    Jul 6, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Jonathan Broxton

    That according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi: Broxton, who was signed to set up Joakim Soria this season, has a 1.99 ERA and 21 saves in 24 opportunities as Kansas City’s closer. Still, the Royals would likely be OK without him, as they’d still have some combination of Greg Holland, Aaron Crow and Tim Collins to…

  20. Kyle Drabek to undergo his second Tommy John surgery

    Jun 18, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    Kyle Drabek

    Kyle Drabek‘s sprained UCL will require Tommy John surgery, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Monday. Drabek had his first Tommy John surgery in high school before the Phillies made him the 18th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade and he made his major league…

  21. Greg Holland begins rehab assignment at Double-A

    May 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    Out since April 21 with what the Royals termed a left rib stress reaction, Greg Holland began a minor-league rehab assignment at Double-A yesterday. Holland allowed one run in one inning, throwing 19 pitches, and thanks to technology Royals manager Ned Yost watched the outing live on MiLB.tv. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that the…

  22. Orioles, Rangers have best bullpen ERAs so far

    May 8, 2012, 6:39 PM EST

    Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson

    Baltimore’s surprising start owes a lot to the relievers, who have gone 8-2 with a remarkable 1.54 ERA in 99 2/3 innings to date. Here’s the list of ERAs for every major league bullpen to date: 1. Orioles – 1.54 2. Rangers – 2.02 3. Yankees – 2.31 4. Reds – 2.34 5. Athletics –…

  23. Royals sticking with Jonathan Broxton as closer

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Ned Yost took his time announcing that Jonathan Broxton and not Greg Holland would replace the injured Joakim Soria as closer, but the Royals manager wasted no time making it clear that he’s sticking with Broxton in the ninth-inning role despite an ugly blown save Wednesday. Broxton walked two batters, hit two more, and allowed…

  24. Jonathan Broxton melts down, blows game in 12th

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    Jemile Weeks, Brayan Pena

    Jonathan Broxton struck out the side Sunday to earn his first save for the Royals. His outing Wednesday didn’t go so well. After Oakland’s Seth Smith reached on an Alcides Escobar error in the 12th, Broxton walked two batters and hit two more to take a blown save and a loss in a 5-4 game.…

  25. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

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