Despite ranking as one of the best closers in baseball from 2007-10, Joakim Soria will try his hand at setting up Joe Nathan in 2013. Soria, 28, agreed to a two-year deal with the Rangers today, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal is worth $8MM, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Soria is due for a physical in Arlington tomorrow, tweets MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez notes that the contract is still being finalized, and it looks like a third-year club option will be included. The longtime Royals closer had Tommy John surgery in April, and the team declined his $8MM club option. Soria is represented by Oscar Suarez.
Soria owns a 2.40 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 0.68 HR/9, and 160 saves in 315 1/3 career innings. The Royals picked him up in the 2006 Rule 5 draft, and he ranks third among franchise saves leaders. The Rangers had a need for a late-inning addition, having lost Mike Adams and Koji Uehara to free agency and Alexi Ogando to the rotation.
Mark478 wrote: Neftali Feliz is going back to the bullpen as well. When healthy, the Rangers pitching staff matches up well with almost any team.
but Mark, you forgot the other half of your post...."when not healthy....".....here , I'll finish it for yah...the bullpen got mucho problemos (Texas talk for my Texas friends)....fact is if this were 2010 it would be great...but 2 of these 3 guys got a lot to prove health wise before you pencil them in as settled and back to what they've shown before....and the 3rd guy, Nathan, is getting real old real fast....I'm not counting on a guy like that too much either.....