The Texas Rangers officially announced the acquisition of right-hander Joakim Soria on Tuesday, with the free agent reliever receiving a two-year deal with a club option for a third season.
The team didn't disclose financial terms, but multiple media reports indicated that Soria will make a guaranteed $8 million.
Soria missed the entire 2012 season with the Kansas City Royals after undergoing the second "Tommy John" elbow surgery of his career. A former closer, Soria figures to serve as a setup man in front of Rangers closer Joe Nathan. However, Soria might not be ready to pitch at the start of the 2013 season, when he'd be just 12 months removed from his latest operation.
Soria, 28, earned two trips to the All-Star Game during his five seasons with the Royals, twice saving more than 40 games in a season. He has 160 career saves, a 2.40 ERA and a 13-15 record over 298 major league appearances.
He provides cover to a Texas bullpen that next season could be missing multiple key performers from 2012. Koji Uehara and Mike Adams are free agents this winter, and Alexi Ogando is due to move to the rotation.