Rangers Sign Joakim Soria
All indications are that this is a fairly low-cost deal for the Rangers. Soria is coming off Tommy John surgery and may or may not be available by Opening Day 2013; he’s almost certain to return at some point in the first half of the season.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Namely, how did the Mets not get in on this?
It’s pretty simple, actually. The Mets were unlikely to offer two years to Soria. Also, when the Sandy Alderson & Co. Mets sign a pitcher coming off injury, it’s usually of the “low-risk, low- to mild-reward” variety; see: Taylor Buchholz, Chris Capuano, Boof Bonser, Chris Young, et al. Soria would be in the “medium-risk, high-reward” category — the category that provides game-changers, the type of people who can shape a team. If healthy, Soria can shape a bullpen (i.e., build a ‘pen around). At 28 years old, there’s a very good chance he’ll return in full health, and once again be the lights-out, late-inning reliever that made him an All-Star.
Another reason the Mets didn’t have much of a chance to sign Soria is that the Rangers made an offer. As of today, the Rangers are perceived as being a team with a good chance to be in the 2013 postseason, while the Mets are not. Soria spent enough time in Kansas City to make the potential to win a priority.
Sad, isn’t it, that a team located in New York, with all the resources and opportunities provided by the New York market, is so woeful that a team in Arlington, Texas appears to be a better landing spot for a pitcher coming off injury?
Well, at least the Mets still have Frank Francisco to close out games — and they’re paying him the bargain-basement price of $6.5M. Thank goodness for that.