Joakim Soria a value for Rangers

Updated: December 4, 2012, 4:22 AM ET
By Keith Law

The Rangers found success in 2012 when they gave Joe Nathan, in his second year back from Tommy John surgery, a two-year contract that saw him add about two wins of value over replacement in its first year, with 65 innings of a 2.80 ERA. They're taking a slightly higher risk by signing Joakim Soria to a reported two-year deal that includes his first year back after surgery, but the dollars are lower and Soria actually was a little better than Nathan before their respective operations, making this a good deal for Texas that could turn out to be outstanding.