It is barely Monday morning on the East Coast and the Texas Rangers have already began to make deals in this year’s MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville. The Rangers and free agent catcher Geovany Soto have agreed to a one-year deal. Soto was recently non-tendered by the Rangers but the two sides came to an agreement and hammered out a new contract.
Soto is the backup option if the Rangers cannot pull the trigger on a deal with Mike Napoli. Soto did not have a great 2012 campaign. He was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Rangers in the middle of the year but a change of scenery did not help his performance. Soto batted .198/.270/.343 in 99 games between the two clubs.
Soto has regressed since his Rookie of the Year award winning season in 2008 with the Cubs. He is no longer considered to be an everyday catcher and will not be the only catcher the Rangers sign this offseason.
The Rangers could also have their eye on Chris Snyder, Jesus Flores or Kelly Shoppach as a compliment to Soto. The team also has Luis Martinez waiting to get his shot at the majors full time. Behind Martinez, Konrad Schmidt is also a big name prospect the Rangers could potentially use in the 2013 season.
A lot is riding on whether or not the Rangers will re-sign Napoli. Napoli has been sought after hard by the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. It would be devastating to lose Napoli to another American League team.
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