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Rangers bolster bulpen with Joakim Soria

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05:49 PM ET 12.04 | Yesterday, on the opening day of the Winter Meetings, the Rangers made a small, albeit impact signing, inking reliever Joakim Soria, 28, to a two-year contract with reports of an option for year three. The total dollar figure runs in the $8M range, and terms are undisclosed on the option year. If I had to guess, based off the $4M AAV figure from the initial two seasons, you can probably expect it to run in the $5.5M-$7.5M range. Of course, with any contract, no matter how cheap or slam-dunk it appears to be on the surface, there is always some inherent risk. With Soria, who missed nearly all of 2012 due to his second Tommy John procedure, that risk could certainly magnify. However, with the money two other relievers, Brandon League (LAD) and Jonathon Broxton (CIN) have recently hauled in (3 years and $21M), the small figure Soria commands looks like a steal that should add substantial surplus value through 2014, and potentially 2015 if he comes back to full health and regains his former closer dominance.

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December 4, 2012  05:55 PM ET

Tommy John pitchers usually come back stonger and faster.......

December 4, 2012  06:54 PM ET

Low risk, high reward move. Good move for the Rangers.

December 4, 2012  07:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Tommy John pitchers usually come back stonger and faster.......

Exception to the rule: Dice K Matsuzaka.

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December 5, 2012  06:49 PM ET

They are saying Greinke likes LA for the NL membership and the money, and he like the Rangers because he thinks Ryan and Maddux are smart. Sounds like he is correct on both counts.

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