Cubs Agree To Terms With Geovany Soto

The Cubs and catcher Geovany Soto have avoided arbitration, reaching an agreement on a one-year contract worth $3MM, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (Twitter link).  Soto, who turns 28 next week, is represented by WMG.

Soto was the NL's Rookie of the Year in 2008, and bounced back from a sophomore slump in 2009 with an impressive .280/.393/.497 line in 397 plate appearances last season, though he was plagued with a shoulder injury that eventually required arthroscopic surgery in September.  He earned $575K for that performance and obviously was in line for a big raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility.   MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith looked at Soto as an extension candidate in September, but it appears as though Chicago wants to see if Soto can remain consistent before making a longer-term commitment to the catcher.

The Cubs have four remaining arb-eligible players — Matt Garza, Tom Gorzelanny, Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall.  You can follow their cases plus those of every other arbitration-eligible player this winter on MLBTR's Arb Tracker.


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20 Comments on "Cubs Agree To Terms With Geovany Soto"


Jntg4
4 years 6 months ago

Garza is arb-eligible too, you forgot again.

4 years 6 months ago

He mentions Garza in bold lettering after he also mentions “The Cubs have four remaining arb-eligible players”…..

studio179
4 years 6 months ago

Jntg4 was correct. The original post did not have Garza mentioned. Mark added him.

Jntg4
4 years 6 months ago

Not when I posted that. He added him since then.

studio179
4 years 6 months ago

“MLBTR’s Ben Nicholson-Smith looked at Soto as an extension candidate in September, but it appears as though Chicago wants to see if Soto can remain consistent before making a longer-term commitment to the catcher.”

Soto is team controlled and will be 28 in a few days. However, money is available and off the books after 2011. I’m guessing Hendry will extend Soto if he has a good year.

gunsnascar
4 years 6 months ago

I hope hendry is fired this summer if quade fails. Let quade and hendry walk out the door together hand in hand if and or when this manager fails.

BlueCatuli
4 years 6 months ago

?????

johnsilver
4 years 6 months ago

Chicago style 😉

Hendry should not have been around as long as this, but then am pretty sure Cub fans would agree with that.

BlueCatuli
4 years 6 months ago

I completely disagree.

4 years 6 months ago

If the Cubs fail, it won’t be because of Mike Quade. It will be because of the players assembled which is controlled by Jim Hendry. Quade deserves a shot with a real ballteam

Cosmo3
4 years 6 months ago

Good news. I think Soto proved last year that he’s legit.

thegrayrace
4 years 6 months ago

While I’m aware this is his first year of arbitration, it doesn’t seem reasonable that Soto only gets $3m, while Russell Martin was able to get a guarantee of $4m plus incentives coming off two awful seasons, a broken hip and knee surgery. Soto even made his debut a year earlier…

Jntg4
4 years 6 months ago

Cause Geo likes the Cubs, IDK. Good question.

4 years 6 months ago

Garza is still listed for the Rays in the arb tracker.

Chiburgh
4 years 6 months ago

I’m surprised it was only a one year deal. Has Geo bulked up again? Unless the team, has seen something to make them believe Geo won’t have a good year, I say sign him to a multi-year contract. I’m not talking crazy money, but show some confidence in the man. He has been around for a few years and knows the pitching staff and knows when to talk on the mound.

BlueCatuli
4 years 6 months ago

He is still under team control for a few more years. Why commit money they don’t have to?

stewie75
4 years 6 months ago

Soto needs to put 2 good seasons together before getting a multi. He quietly had a pretty good yr, so let’s hope he can put another one together and rewarded long-term.

While the Cubs could eeeeasily finish 4th in this division, I can see where things could look good if EVERYTHING goes right. a 7-8-9 of Marshall, Woody & Marmol isn’t too shabby, and a rotation of Dempster/Garza/Z/Cashner/Gorz/Wells/Silva, with 2 of those going to the pen, I could see them staying in a lot of games. I know a lot of ppl hate Z, but he was lights out after he took the straight jacket off.

Wrek305
4 years 6 months ago

he won’t ever get a long term at least not with the Cubs.. if he had any trade value now is the time to trade him.. might get Double A minor league player for him.. if they are lucky

Wrek305
4 years 6 months ago

Wood should be the closer.. He has the mariano cutter virtually no one can touch it makes perfect sense to make him the closer

Wrek305
4 years 6 months ago

bad signing.. way overpaid.. It’s been well known Hendry has never gone to arbitration sonce being the GM of the Cubs, this is a perfect example of that fact not always being a good thing..