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Rangers reach deal with reliever Soria, keep Soto

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012
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Texas allowed Soto to become a free agent when it failed to offer a contract by Friday's deadline. The move allowed the team to cut his salary, which was $4.3 million this year, by more than 20 percent.

"He's in an environment where he's comfortable," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "The key is that we make sure he'll be in the best physical and mental shape that he possibly can be and maybe we can get out of him what he did in his rookie year and the year after in Chicago. But the main thing is everyone loved throwing to him."

Texas decided not to guarantee three seasons for Napoli. He hit .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBIs as the Rangers won their second straight AL pennant in 2011, then slumped to a .227 average with 24 homers and 56 RBIs this year as he became a first-time All-Star. His on-base percentage dropped from .416 to .343.

"They were very upfront with us throughout the process. So not a surprise," Daniels said. "I'm hesitant to use the word disappointment because ultimately we had a decision to make."

Hamilton, who hit 43 home runs with 128 RBIs for the Rangers last season, was in Nashville but not to speak with the Rangers.

"I saw Josh on the flight here Sunday by accident. Coincidence, I guess, is a better word than accident," Daniels said. "Chatted with him a little bit in the airport. I know he's here probably to meet with some other teams."