Originally written December 03, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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For the second straight offseason, the Texas Rangers bought low on a reliever following Tommy John surgery. This year, their man of choice was former Royals closer Joakim Soria, who agreed to a two-year deal with the club that will reportedly pay him between $8 and $9 million. Last winter, the Rangers signed former Twins closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal after Nathan missed all of the 2010 season following Tommy John surgery and struggled in 2011. With relievers Koji Uehara and Mike Adams both hitting the free agent market, the Rangers needed to do something to rebuild their bullpen a bit. Soria seems like the perfect fit as a guy who misesd all of the 2012 season following Tommy John surgery this spring, and at the reported salary, they'll pay him less over the next two years than the Royals would have paid him in each 2013 and 2014 if they had exercised the club options on his existing contract. Prior to 2011, Soria was one of the best and brightest young closers ...
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