The Athletics have acquired catcher Geovany Soto from the Rangers, a baseball source has confirmed after a tip from reader Mark Madson. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rangers will receive cash considerations in the deal, with no other players involved.
The addition of Soto is an interesting one for the Athletics, who already have Derrik Norris, John Jaso and Stephen Vogt as catchers on their active roster. Soto will likely split time with Jaso as Norris' backup as well as the designated hitter.
Soto has missed most of the season due to injury, but has hit .237/.237/.368 in ten games since returning to the team. He is due to become a free agent after the season once his one-year, $3.05 million contract expires.
In ten major league seasons with the Cubs (2005-2012) and Rangers (2012-2014), Soto is a lifetime .248/.333/.438 hitter with 92 home runs and 314 RBI in 666 games. He was an All-Star in 2008, when he won the National League Rookie of the Year award.