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Geovany Soto | Catcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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White Sox signed C Geovany Soto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Soto drew quite a bit of interest this winter, but no team was apparently willing to offer a guaranteed major league contract to the 32-year-old catcher, who appeared in just 24 games last season due to injuries. Soto hasn't been an effective major league hitter since 2011, but he plays above-average defense behind the plate. He could see a decent amount of action as Tyler Flowers' backup in Chicago. Jan 22 - 2:53 PM

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rangers are no longer pursuing Geovany Soto.

As one could have assumed when the Rangers acquired Carlos Corporan from the Astros on Wednesday. Soto played in only 24 games in 2014 due to injuries and he's batted a combined .219/.291/.381 over the last three seasons, but he should wind up finding a major league deal somewhere. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that four teams have been vying for him.
Jan 22 - 2:46 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Geovany Soto is likely to sign with a team within the next few days.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported last week that four teams were in the mix for Soto. A reunion with the Rangers is possible. Soto, turns 32 next week, was limited to just 24 games between Texas and Oakland last season because of injuries. He likely won't cost much at this point.
Jan 15 - 5:05 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Geovany Soto is having talks with four teams.

Soto missed a big chunk of last season due to injury, but he's healthy now and is probably still good enough to start for someone. The soon-to-be 32-year-old has hit just .219/.291/.381 over the last three seasons but is viewed as a solid defender and has a bit of pop. Soto spent the bulk of the last three years with the Rangers and they're interested in bringing him back.
Jan 8 - 10:21 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish writes that a reunion between the Rangers and catcher Geovany Soto is possible.

The Rangers traded Soto to the Athletics in late August, but they need someone to pair with Robinson Chirinos next season. The market is rather thin, so they could turn to a familiar face. Cotillo writes that 5-6 teams are interested in Soto.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 05:33:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, there are 5-6 teams interested in Geovany Soto.

Soto missed the entire first half of the 2014 season due to a knee injury and he batted just .250/.302/.363 in 24 games between the Rangers and A's when he finally did return. The 31-year-old catcher should come cheap this winter. He's a shadow of the player who put up an .890 OPS for the Cubs in 2010.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 02:02:00 PM

Geovany Soto left Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals with a left thumb injury.

Soto injured the thumb while making a tag at home plate in the bottom of the first inning. He remained in the game for a bit longer but eventually had to exit. The A's should update his status after the game, but it's possible he won't be able to play in the ALDS if the A's advance. Derek Norris replaced him behind the plate.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 09:03:00 PM

Geovany Soto went 1-for-3 with three RBI in a win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Soto drew a bases-loaded walk in the third inning, driving in a run, before swatting a two-run double in the fifth. The production was welcomed from Soto, who has just five hits in 25 at-bats since coming to the A's in a trade. Soto is hitting .222/.290/.349 overall.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 09:36:00 PM

Geovany Soto (back) said Tuesday that he's "good to go."

Soto left Friday's game due to back spasms but has apparently made the necessary progress in recent days. He's not starting Tuesday but will be available off the bench.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 06:22:00 PM

Geovany Soto told reporters Saturday that his back is already beginning to feel better.

Soto left Friday's game against the Mariners with back spasms and is not playing Saturday. The A's might also rest him on Sunday, but he should be good to go for Tuesday's series-opener against the Rangers.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 08:56:00 PM

Geovany Soto left Friday's game against the Mariners due to back spasms.

The A's have a third catcher in Bryan Anderson, but they chose to put DH Derek Norris behind the plate after Soto exited. He's likely day-to-day, but it's another blow to Oakland's catching depth with Stephen Vogt and John Jaso sidelined.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 12:33:00 AM

Athletics acquired C Geovany Soto from the Rangers for cash considerations.

The Athletics already have a very muddled catching situation with Derek Norris, Stephen Vogt and John Jaso already in the mix, but Soto brings defensive prowess that none of that trio can match. His playing time will take a hit though, and with it goes any fantasy value that he may have carried in Texas.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Athletics have acquired Geovany Soto from the Rangers.

Soto was a late scratch from Sunday's game, and now we know the reasoning behind it. There's no word on what the Rangers will receive in return, but it won't be much. Soto is entering a crowded situation, as the A's already have Derek Norris, John Jaso and Stephen Vogt available to catch. However, Soto is probably the best defender of the group.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Rangers activated C Geovany Soto from the 15-day disabled list.

Soto has been out the last couple weeks with a strained right groin. He'll receive the lion's share of starts behind the dish for the Rangers.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Geovany Soto (groin) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

Soto has picked up two hits over his first five at-bats for Round Rock. He's shooting to return from the DL on Friday. Soto has been out the last couple weeks with a strained right groin.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 08:24:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Geovany Soto
3Adrian Nieto
4Kevan Smith
5George Kottaras
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Emilio Bonifacio
2Carlos Sanchez
3Micah Johnson
4Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Conor Gillaspie
2Gordon Beckham
3Andy LaRoche
LF1Melky Cabrera
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Adam Eaton
2Emilio Bonifacio
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Michael Taylor
DH1Adam LaRoche
2Andy Wilkins
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jeff Samardzija
3Jose Quintana
4John Danks
5Hector Noesi
6Francellis Montas
7Brad Penny
8Scott Carroll
9Chris Beck
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Zach Putnam
3Jake Petricka
4Zach Duke
5Daniel Webb
6Javy Guerra
7Jesse Crain
8Maikel Cleto
9Dan Jennings
10Eric Surkamp
11Onelki Garcia
12Joe Savery
13Matt Albers
14Nate Jones