Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Could Joakim Soria be a Good Fit for the Texas Rangers?

The Texas Rangers have a need in their bullpen and if you listen to some of the sports talk radio around the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex, you know there has been questions as to whether a move needs to be made sooner rather than later.

A few names I've talked about before were Kansas City Royals' reliever Joakim Soria, Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, and San Diego Padres' closer Heath Bell.

We know any of these three guys are going to have high price tags as far as what each team will want in return. If you read the blog I did on the possibility of landing Heath Bell, you saw names out of the Rangers' minor league system. Guys like Engel Beltre, Jurickson Profar, Michael Kirkman, and "a David Murphy type player."

While most might say it's too high a price to pay to bring in a proven reliever to help out their bullpen, these are three guys who can make an immediate impact on a team who can make it back to the World Series if they make the right moves.

So knowing what we know about Bell, some wonder if the cost would be same to land Soria.

I talked to one American League beat writer who told me the Royals could very well ask for two major league ready players, guys they can have under their control for the foreseeable future, as well as two minor league pitching prospects.

That being said, they also told me the Royals system is so stacked with top prospects that they don't have the kind of needs the Rangers may be able to fill.

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