Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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The Texas Rangers are close to finalizing a deal for reliever Joakim Soria. Soria will reportedly get a two year deal worth $8-9 million. While the reliever will began the season on the DL he could make a major impact at the back end of the Rangers bullpen. Joe Nathan will continue to be the closer for the Rangers. Alexi Ogando is expected to move from the bullpen into the rotation. The Rangers remain active in trying to acquire starting pitcher Zack Greinke. Texas is also expected to step up its efforts to re-sign Josh Hamilton now that Mike Napoli has signed with Boston. Soria has spent five seasons in the majors and had a 2.40 ERA to go along with 160 saves. He did not pitch in 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
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