Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Rangers have signed former Royals closer Joakim Soria to at 2 yr deal pending a phylical. Terms have not been disclosed yet, but the deal is expected to be worth 8-9 mil.
I don’t particularly like this deal. Soria was once a very good closer, but his velocity has diminished considerably over the last 2 years. He did miss all of last season and had Tommy John surgery in April. He’s supposedly being signed to take the place of Mike Adams who is expected to sign elsewhere. I wonder what this deal means for Koji.
If you only look at Soria’s career numbers, this seems like a great deal for the Rangers. Soria has a 2.40 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 0.68 HR/9, and 160 saves in 315 1/3 career innings. But if you look a little closer, you’ll see that his K rate has declined while his hits/9 rate has increased. So basically, he’s not missing as many bats as he used to and those ABs are turning into more baserunners…which leads to a higher WHIP (Walks + Hits per Inning Pitched)…and eventually, to more runs.
The Rangers have always liked Soria and I’m not surprised that they’ve signed him, but If Soria is expected to be the primary setup man for Joe Nathan…I think the Rangers are in trouble. If he becomes the 7th inning guy…then it’s not so bad…except for the cost of his contract.
At any rate, at least the Rangers have filled one of the bullpen slots…lets hope Koji is next.