When the Rangers signed reliever Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million contract during the offseason, they were hoping that he would make it back from Tommy John surgery in late May or early June. It turns out that they’ll be waiting a bit longer.
According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Soria recently suffered a strained pectoral muscle and will be shut down for the next 2-3 weeks. While the good news is that the setback has nothing to do with his surgically-repaired elbow, his Rangers’ debut is now being targeted for around July 1.
Soria, who turns 29 next month, owns a owns a 2.40 career ERA over five seasons in the majors. He’ll serve as a set-up man to Joe Nathan once he’s back to full health.
LAS VEGAS — Farhan Zaidi left his job as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers to become the president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. While Dodgers president Andrew Friedman remains at the top of the baseball operations department, Zaidi’s departure has left the Dodgers without a general manager. It happens. It also happens that the Dodgers do not plan to replace Zaidi with a new general manager any time soon. They just said so last week.
They do, however, have an assistant general manager now. It’s Jeff Kingston, late of the Seattle Mariners, where he served as Jerry Dipoto’s assistant. Now he is an assistant with no one, nominally, to assist. Seems like some sort of dividing by zero error, philosophically speaking, but we’ll just assume it’ll sort itself out.
Two less cosmic takeaways from this: 1. Kingston is an analytics guy who has typically advised the wheeler-dealer — Dipoto — so it’s fairly safe to assume he’ll do that in Los Angeles too; and 2. that a team is happy to proceed without a general manager should tell you where general managers, well, in general, stand in this age of title inflation in baseball front offices.
I imagine that, after some time in the organization, Kingston will be named the actual general manager with no real change in his duties, further underscoring that, in this day and age, the title of GM is like the value of a Zimbabwean dollar.