Rangers Acquire Geovany Soto

The Rangers officially acquired a former Rookie of the Year today, getting catcher Geovany Soto and cash from the Cubs for minor league pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named later or cash.

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Soto, 29, has a .195/.278/.345 batting line in 194 plate appearances this year. The 2008 NL Rookie of the Year earns $4.3MM in 2012 and is on track to go to arbitration for the third time this offseason. However, he could be non-tendered given his salary. The Mets also had interest in trading for Soto.

The move led to the Rangers designating catcher Yorvit Torrealba for assignment. If Soto's production improves, Texas will have an in-house alternative to Mike Napoli when he hits free agency this offseason. Otherwise, the Rangers could non-tender Soto and let him test the free agent market a year early.

Brigham, a 24-year-old right-hander, had been pitching at Double-A Frisco. He has a 4.28 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 124 innings over the course of 21 starts this year. Brigham is a fringe arm, Ben Badler of Baseball America writes (on Twitter).  ESPN's Keith Law says he has "a plus fastball and power breaking ball but lacks the command and the third pitch to start."

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported that a trade would take place and Tim Brown of Yahoo first reported that the Rangers acquired Soto.  Photo courtesy of US Presswire/Benny Sieu.


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96 Comments on "Rangers Acquire Geovany Soto"


TophersReds
3 years 5 days ago

Another Mystery Team!

Butterflyy89
3 years 5 days ago

Tampa Bay has a new C.

JakeD
3 years 5 days ago

I’m not going to be able to fall asleep!!

3 years 5 days ago

Still waiting for the Braves trade…. heard that FW’s office was full of executives after he was seen on a call

Hoss10
3 years 5 days ago

Where did you hear this? I’ve been looking everywhere for Braves news and haven’t heard a thing!

Q_TheRealness
3 years 5 days ago

He was traded to Orlando for Dwight Howard

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 5 days ago

The Unknowns… Don’t they play somewhere west of Somewheresville?

Ben_Cherington
3 years 5 days ago

Who plays first if you didnt know.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 5 days ago

Third base!

Ben_Cherington
3 years 5 days ago

Trust me on this:
at third base, I dont know, what is on second?..

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 5 days ago

I don’t care!

3 years 5 days ago

Oh, that’s our shortstop!

3 years 5 days ago

They are from Parts Unknown….

jwsox
3 years 5 days ago

why would anyone want Geo? he has been on a downward slide since 08, there are more than enough qualified baseball analysts and writers that think he used roids, considering he literally came out of no where had an awesome year and fell off a cliff, why would you give up anything for him he is horrible

notsureifsrs
3 years 5 days ago

apparently no one did. the cubs traded him, but he wasn’t acquired. he’s just gone

jwsox
3 years 5 days ago

ha

Karkat
3 years 5 days ago

Traded into t h e A B Y S S

Rob Lucci
3 years 5 days ago

Hopefully its not the mets.

Karkat
3 years 5 days ago

My first thought was Mets.

EDIT: Welp, never mind that.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 5 days ago

I’m thinking your post will be gone soon, cuz we are not allowed to type in all caps. its in the rules!!!! and I’m just joking around, I’m not actually serious and don’t care

3 years 5 days ago

We could always go to your blog where everything is 100% accurate and on time…..

BradyAndersonsSideburns
3 years 5 days ago

who got the guy that hasn’t done anything in 4 years? oh, the anticipation!

Q_TheRealness
3 years 5 days ago

Ever since they caught him on the weed

laffingrass
3 years 5 days ago

Ever since he’s refused to maintain a somewhat-athletic figure.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 5 days ago

This is our response to the Angels getting Greinke, obviously.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 5 days ago

Love the mystery team tag

3 years 5 days ago

Geovany Soto had a very respectable .280/.393/.497 2010 season with 17 HR. That was better than his 2008 season. He hasn’t been on a consistent slide, he’s just been very hit and miss.

Johnny_Champagne
3 years 5 days ago

Loud noises!

Q_TheRealness
3 years 5 days ago

It was the rangers so says Tim Brown

Sunny Starlin Ramirez
3 years 5 days ago

hearing hes to the rangers

3 years 5 days ago

Traded to Rangers according to Tim Brown on twitter

3 years 5 days ago

Soto has been traded to Rangers.

Wilsonl
3 years 5 days ago

Wow that’s a surprise.

East Coast Bias
3 years 5 days ago

Rangers are the mystery team once again.

Hal_Jordan77
3 years 5 days ago

But in a surprising twist, it’s the New York Rangers.

East Coast Bias
3 years 5 days ago

hahaha

Karkat
3 years 5 days ago

Texas, huh? So is Torrealba going somewhere? Or some other piece moving and Napoli is gonna play 1B or DH, or…? #mysteries #somany

3 years 5 days ago

I’d guess so, unless someone wants Napoli, and I don’t see who would

Karkat
3 years 5 days ago

Well, despite the low average, he still is a power hitting catcher who’s still arb-eligible for next season. (EDIT: no he’s not, why do you lie to me, b-r…)