Atheltics Acquire Geovany Soto From Rangers

The Oakland Athletics have acquired veteran catcher Geovany Soto from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations, first reported by Chris Cotillo.

Soto has managed to appear in just 10 games this season, due to a plethora of injury problems. Since his rookie season in 2008, in which he slashed .285/.364/.504 and won NL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Chicago Cubs, Soto has seen his career take an unfortunate tailspin. Since then, he’s batted just .215 over 6 seasons with Chicago and Texas.

This move gives Oakland a bevy of backstop depth, that already includes Derek Norris, John Jaso, and Stephen Vogt. The addition of Soto seemingly makes one or more of those players expendable, and rumor has it that a deal with Tampa Bay involving a catcher might make sense for Oakland, who just claimed shortstop Yunel Escobar off revocable waivers from the Rays.

The two teams will have until 1pm on Tuesday to work out a trade. Escobar would make sense for the playoff hopeful Atheltics, who will most likely be losing Jed Lowrie in free agency after the season. The A’s would have control of Escobar through 2016.

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