The Texas Rangers are set to sign free agent reliever Joakim Soria to a two-year deal, pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal. The deal is believed to be worth $8 million.
Soria missed all of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. The right-hander has registered at least 40 saves on two occasions with the Kansas City Royals, and holds some impressive career marks with a 2.40 ERA, 2.90 FIP, 3.20 xFIP, 9.73 K/9, and a 1.04 WHIP despite struggling through the 2011 season. If healthy and effective, Soria could slot into an eighth inning role for the Rangers.
The Rangers intend to move Alexei Ogando to the rotation for 2013, while both Mike Adams and Koji Uehara could leave Texas via free agency. There’s no current timeline for Soria’s return to the mound, but it’s unlikely that he’ll pitch before May given the timing of his surgery.
Soria will join Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis as Rangers pitchers rehabbing from Tommy John surgery next season. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com notes that Soria’s contract, while not yet finalized, will include a club option for a third year.