Reliever Joakim Soria Leaves Royals for Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria is a Royal no more, as the right-handed free agent has signed a two-year contract with the Texas Rangers.

According to numerous reports on Tuesday, the deal – which is pending a physical – is for around $8 million, with an option for 2015.

Soria, who had spent his entire career with the Royals, missed the entire 2012 season after having Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2011. He had previously had the same procedure on his elbow in 2003.

In five seasons with the Royals, Soria posted a 2.40 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP with 160 saves to go with a 13-15 record and 341 strikeouts in 298 games. He was an All-Star in 2008 and 2010, when he posted a career-high 43 saves.

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