The Rangers are close to a two-year deal with reliever Joakim Soria, tweet Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The contract is thought to be worth $8-9MM, tweets Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. The longtime Royals closer had Tommy John surgery in April, and the team declined his $8MM club option.
Soria, 28, owns 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. The Royals picked him up in the 2006 Rule 5 draft, and he ranks third among franchise saves leaders.