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White Sox sign Geovany Soto to minor-league deal

The veteran catcher returns to the ChiSox after a year in Anaheim.

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The White Sox have agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran catcher Geovany Soto, as first reported by Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com.

At first glance, it appears Soto has a very good chance of making Chicago’s Opening Day roster. The club currently has Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith as its top two projected catchers, clearing Soto’s path to the majors during spring training.

Soto, who turns 34 this month, appeared in only 26 games for the Angels last season due to lingering knee issues. He hit a solid .269/.321/.487 with four homers in that span, splitting time with Carlos Perez and Jett Bandy behind the plate for the Halos.

Soto, who broke into the majors in Chicago and won the NL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Cubs in 2008, appeared in 78 games with the White Sox in 2015. Soto hit .219/.301/.406 with nine homers in that span, and is a veteran of 12 major-league seasons with five clubs.