While waiting to find out whether there will be more talks with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.
Soria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3. The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced in 2003.
His agreement was revealed Monday by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced. The person said the contract includes an option for 2015.
Soria's agent, Oscar Suarez, would say only ''we're very close to a deal with the Texas Rangers.''
Texas general manager Jon Daniels wouldn't confirm an agreement and wouldn't even say whether medical reports suggest Soria will recover by May or the All-Star game.
''I'm not going to comment on him at this time,'' Daniels said. ''I've got to protect the organization.''
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