Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 12/3/12
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 in baseball, routinely blazing his low-90s fastball past hitters and while not walking very many hitters at all. But in 2011, Soria began to struggle, seeing his ERA for the year climb north of 4.00 thanks to a spike in homer rate. He didn't throw at all last season following his surgery, and might not be ready for Opening Day for the Rangers, who are suddenly in a competitive AL West after the A's knocked them off of their perch at the top of the division this October and the Angels in a state of constant competition with their relatively young, star-laden roster. The Rangers pitching staff remains chock-full of question marks this offseason, even after the signing of Soria. In addition to the impending departures of Uehara and Adams, Scott Feldman signed with the Cubs, Ryan Dempster and Roy Oswalt are both free agents, and Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz are both recovering from Tommy John surgery last season. Along with Nathan at the back-end of games, the Texas bullpen still features Alexi Ogando and Robbie Ross, and their rotation is still stout at the top with Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland. There's still a lot of work to do for Jon Daniels when it comes to rebuilding his pitching staff, but Soria is a good start, albeit one that adds even more questions to the staff. [follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Washington State WR Tavares Martin suspended for breaking team rule

Enes Kanter receives warm welcome in return to OKC

Michigan State RB LJ Scott arrested for the seventh time

Aaron Rodgers undergoes surgery to repair broken collarbone

Groundbreaking for Raiders' new Las Vegas stadium set for next month

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Redskins' Jay Gruden throws tremendous praise Carson Wentz's way

Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager

Former Cowboys exec: Dak Prescott won't ever be as good as Carson Wentz

Jameis Winston will be full participant in Friday's practice

Tennessee grocery store calls for Butch Jones' firing with amazing cake

Giants owner: McAdoo was not pressured to give up play-calling

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker