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 1 month ago

Another Mystery Team!

Butterflyy89
3 years 1 month ago

Tampa Bay has a new C.

JakeD
3 years 1 month ago

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

3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

Q_TheRealness
3 years 1 month ago

He was traded to Orlando for Dwight Howard

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

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

Ben_Cherington
3 years 1 month ago

Who plays first if you didnt know.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

Third base!

Ben_Cherington
3 years 1 month ago

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

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t care!

3 years 1 month ago

Oh, that’s our shortstop!

3 years 1 month ago

They are from Parts Unknown….

jwsox
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

ha

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Traded into t h e A B Y S S

Rob Lucci
3 years 1 month ago

Hopefully its not the mets.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

My first thought was Mets.

EDIT: Welp, never mind that.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

BradyAndersonsSideburns
3 years 1 month ago

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

Q_TheRealness
3 years 1 month ago

Ever since they caught him on the weed

laffingrass
3 years 1 month ago

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

Kurisu Rg
3 years 1 month ago

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

ugotrpk3113
3 years 1 month ago

Love the mystery team tag

3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

Loud noises!

Q_TheRealness
3 years 1 month ago

It was the rangers so says Tim Brown

Sunny Starlin Ramirez
3 years 1 month ago

hearing hes to the rangers

3 years 1 month ago

Traded to Rangers according to Tim Brown on twitter

3 years 1 month ago

Soto has been traded to Rangers.

Wilsonl
3 years 1 month ago

Wow that’s a surprise.

East Coast Bias
3 years 1 month ago

Rangers are the mystery team once again.

Hal_Jordan77
3 years 1 month ago

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

East Coast Bias
3 years 1 month ago

hahaha

Karkat
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

Karkat
3 years 1 month 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…)