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Soria, Rangers finalize $8 million, 2-year deal

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Soria, Rangers finalize $8 million, 2-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Joakim Soria can't wait to get back on the mound. And he can't wait to win.

The injured reliever and the Texas Rangers finalized their $8 million, two-year contract on Tuesday.

A two-time All-Star with Kansas City, Soria is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3. The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced in 2003.

``Texas is a really good team,'' Soria said during a conference call. ``I believe we can win the World Series. That's one of the main reasons I chose Texas.''

Soria will be a setup man for Joe Nathan with the Rangers, who won consecutive AL pennants in 2010 and 2011 before losing the AL wild-card game this year. Texas also appealed to Soria because its spring training camp is in Arizona, where he has a home.

``He had opportunities. He could have gone somewhere else and closed,'' Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. ``The fact that he was willing to come here and set up speaks in volumes.''

Before becoming a free agent, Soria spoke with the Royals, his team since Kansas City took him from San Diego at the 2006 winter meeting draft.

``The offer was not even close to what I was looking for,'' he said.

Soria's deal includes a team option for 2015.

``He got a great review on his physical today,'' Daniels said. ``Obviously, he's eight months off of surgery. He's still got a ways to go to get back, but pretty much it was as good a review as it possibly could have been. He's throwing out to 105 feet, and he's still got a throwing progression before he gets up on the mound. But he's put on some good weight during his rehab. He's working out in physiotherapy in Phoenix and an aggressive projection is possibly being back in May. We're encouraging him to take it slow and get it right, because when he's right he's such an impactful piece in the `pen.''

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Blue Jays players could face hefty punishment for leaving quarantine due to Canadian regulations

Blue Jays players could face hefty punishment for leaving quarantine due to Canadian regulations

As Major League Baseball slowly inches closer to the beginning of the regular season, an important procedure for all players involved is remaining safe and smart when they are not at the ballpark. With the coronavirus pandemic still a major threat to the sport and the public, teams are stressing the importance of remaining in safe environments.

While staying healthy for their teammates and family is enough for every player to make the right decisions, the Toronto Blue Jays may have another reason to not break away from the designated safe areas.

According to TSN's Scott Mitchell, players could face a fine up to $750,000 and jail time as a maximum punishment if they are outside places they are allowed to be.

To be clear, this report does not mean that the players will definitively face this punishment if they break quarantine. The consequences above are the maximum sentence a person could face. Additionally, this is not a regulation that was created by the Blue Jays. It is part of a Canadian Federal Government Act known as the Quarantine Act.

The Act relates to personnel who have re-entered the country, as they are then required to complete a 14-day quarantine. Because the Blue Jays will be consistently traveling to the United States for games, they fall into this category every time they travel back to Toronto.

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The Nationals travel to Toronto for their first road series of the season on July 29-30, immediately after playing the Blue Jays in Washington D.C. The Baltimore Orioles travel to Toronto twice, playing the Blue Jays at the end of August and then again to close out the season in September. 

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Giants catcher Buster Posey opts out of 2020 to take care of newly adopted twins

Giants catcher Buster Posey opts out of 2020 to take care of newly adopted twins

Six-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey has opted out of playing the 2020 MLB season, the Giants catcher told reporters on a Zoom call Friday. He’s the 11th player to decide not to play in the abbreviated season MLB is holding amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Posey and his wife, Kristen, recently adopted identical twin girls who were born prematurely and are expected to be in a neonatal intensive care unit for some time. The three-time World Series champion spent the last few days away from training camp while he deliberated the decision.

Other former All-Stars such as Felix Hernandez, David Price, Nick Markakis and Ian Desmond announced their decisions to opt out over the last three weeks. The Nationals have had three players—Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Welington Castillo—opt out of the season, the most of any team so far.

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“I don’t condone anybody from making decisions that they feel they need to make,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez said in a Zoom press conference Friday. “I’m sure that Posey really thought about it and he tried it and felt like he couldn’t do it. Hey, to each his own. That’s the way he felt and we don’t hold that against him.”

As the summer progresses, the number of players who opt out will be a defining statistic that will determine the legitimacy of the 2020 season. MLB and the players union issued a joint report Friday that found that 83 of the 11,149 samples (0.2%) of “Covered Individuals” have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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