What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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He's officially a free agent but still sounds like he might work something out with KC. He's a guy I've always liked and had hoped we would target and switch over to starting. He's only 28. Not sure when he'll be fully healthy from Tommy John, but think he'd be of interest if he's not locked into staying in KC.
He probably wants to close, and as of now, we have our closer lined up for next year.
My interest would be in him starting. I just don't know the difficulty in such a transition coming off of TJ. Saying he 'probably wants to close' is saying you really don't know.
Love Soria, but this was his 2nd Tommy John surgery, so beware. The odds of him starting now are zero. Surgery was late March, so while he could be ready for the first of the season, reality is that recovery from the second procedure is typically a bit longer than for the first. While he would probably like to close, he is aware that he will have to earn that job back. He has also said that he very much wants to stay in KC, as it would be best for his family.
MLB Trade Rumors Update: The Rangers are interested in right-hander Joakim Soria, reports FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi (Twitter link). At least eight teams have checked in on the former Royals closer thus far, and Soria has also said he would be happy to pitch for the Yankees as Mariano Rivera's set-up man.
Would be an interesting addition to the bullpen; he's not going to start here.
Depending how well he does coming off injury, his presence would go a long way in helping out the dearth of left-handed pitching in our organization. Despite being a righty, he's held lefties to a ridiculous .202/.266/.292 over the course of his career. I could seriously get behind a bullpen featuring only Ross from the left side and using Soria as a high-leverage 8th inning guy.
One problem I have with him is he isn't a heavy ground ball guy. But based off his success against lefties and the fact that he's been a K/IP guy over the course of his career, I think he's worth a serious look. I mean, really though, who would rather pitch for the Royals than the Rangers?
I'd be interested but I wouldn't break the bank on him. And no team is gonna sign him as a closer because he's gonna miss almost half the season anyway. Maybe Detroit, they are desperate.
Yankee's want Soria. It may be thier big sign 2013,if the Dodgers or Rangers don't trump. WE could useSoria bigtime. ANother good fit for OUR Rangers.
Agree with Hubz and SilverSlugger21...Soira and the Yankees seem like a perfect fit. He idolizes Mariano Rivera and if he were to leave KC, it would most likely be to team up with...then possibly take over for...Mariano Rivera.
MLB Trade Rumors: The Rangers are close to a two-year deal with reliever Joakim Soria, tweet Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
Very stoked about this
" he's gonna miss almost half the season anyway"
Is this a given? or a guess?
He has a great mentor in Nathan to talk about getting back into form from TJ. Should work well if Soria doesn't get the results back immediately and gets discouraged. I live this move even more for the 2nd year when Nathan is a FA.
David, yes, the Royals said some time ago that it's very likely that Soria will not be ready to pitch in the majors until June. I just can't see giving the guy two years $8-9 million coming off his second Tommy John surgery.
P1 Stefen, he doesn't need Nathan to mentor him on coming back since he's done it himself already.
Do we have to give up our 1st-round pick for signing Soria? KC declined his option so I'm pretty sure they don't get a comp pick.
You have to make a qualifying offer to get a comp pick. The Royals turned down Soria's $8 million option; they certainly weren't going to turn around and make a $13.5 million qualifying offer.
Soria still wants to close, but maybe with Nathan possibly gone as a FA after the season we can convince Soria to just wait a year and then his time will come.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that doesn't like this deal. Don't get me wrong, I want to like it, but I'm just not convinced.
Somebody convince me.
Remember about a year ago when the Rangers announced the Joe Nathan signing? You probably weren't convinced then either. I know I wasn't.
How do you feel about $7 million worth of Joe Nathan now?
I actually liked the Nathan deal. To me, he was farther along in his recovery and still,showed he could pitch in high leverage situations. With Soria, his stuff was never all that great to begin with then he lost 4-5 mph in velo and just didn't look like the same dominant pitcher he was prior to 2011.
Sorry I got ur name wrong The_Henchmen
Also I'd rather take this gamble with Brian Wilson...although I'm sure it would have cost a lot more.
Soria is a good bet. He isn't expensive and is much younger than Nathan. I would not be surprised if he is closing in August.
Fair enough JV. Maybe Keith Law can convince you.
Wilson is also coming off his second TJ surgery, I read his first was done while still at LSU
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