Reliever Joakim Soria first underwent Tommy John surgery when he blew out his right elbow in 2003.
Nine years later, Soria again went under the knife after he was diagnosed with right elbow ligament damage. Soria missed the entire 2012 season.
In between his two surgeries, Soria did save 160 games in five seasons for the Kansas City Royals with an impressive 2.40 ERA and 1.043 WHIP, giving up just 6.9 hits per nine innings.
Despite the two elbow ligament replacement procedures, the Texas Rangers saw fit to offer Soria a two-year, $8 million deal.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels did all he could to justify the signing at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN last December.
Via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com:
"When he's right, he can be an impactful person in the bullpen. When he comes back, we want him to come back once, get it right, and be a big part of our bullpen."
Soria isn't expected back until late May at the earliest. He threw off the mound for the first time on Monday, delivering 15 pitches while reporting no pain.
The Rangers took a huge chance in expecting that Soria can fully recover a second time around.
Offering a second year seemed like overkill for a player needing to prove himself once again.