Found December 03, 2012 on
Fox Sports Southwest:
Getting Geovany Soto back in the fold isn't the big splash the Texas Rangers are hoping to make this offseason, but at least its a start.
Soto agreed to a one-year deal with the club Sunday night, according to a source. The deal is pending physical.
The club didnt offer Soto a contract at the non-tender deadline Friday but was still interested in bringing him back. Keeping Soto alleviates some of the catching concerns for Texas, which currently has just Luis Martinez and Konrad Schmidt on its 40-man roster.
Soto has caught at least 92 games every year since 2008 although his offensive production has waned since his breakout rookie season with the Chicago Cubs in 2008.
Between the Cubs and Rangers in 2012, Soto hit just .198 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI. After being acquired by Texas on July 31, he played in 47 games and hit .196 with five home runs and 25 RBIs.
The addition of Soto doesnt take Texas out of the market for a catcher. The club met with free agent Mike Napoli last week in Texas.
BEST OF MAXIM
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that catcher Geovany Soto is staying with the Texas Rangers and has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract.
Soto's agreement allows him to earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal has not yet been announced.
Soto, who turns 30 next month...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In Oct. 2011, left-hander Derek Holland was one of the Texas Rangers’ darlings, nearly pitching a shutout in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series.
Last March, Holland agreed to a five-year, $28.5 million contract extension that includes club options for 2017 and ’18.
But as the winter meetings begin, Holland suddenly could become available in a trade, according...
While waiting to find out whether there will be more talks with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.
Soria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3. The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced...
While waiting to find out whether there will be more talks with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers neared agreement with reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.
Soria, a two-time All-Star, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3. The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced in 2003.
''We're very close...
In news that seems to further push Mike Napoli out the door, the Texas Rangers and Geovany Soto have agreed to a new one-year deal. Soto came over to the Rangers in a trade involving the Chicago Cubs back in July. Even then, his presence had the rumors of Napoli's future swirling.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted the news out last night.
The market for setup relievers is starting to take shape, and free agent Mark Lowe is drawing interest from a number of teams.
The Dodgers, Giants, Brewers, Angels and Rays are among the clubs that have checked in on the right-hander, major-league sources told FOXSports.com. Of that group, Milwaukee’s need for bullpen help is particularly acute.
Lowe, 29, appeared in 88 games for...
The Texas Rangers and slugger Josh Hamilton are making progress on
a deal, according to sources.
Ryan Dempster was a name on Boston’s mind before the trade deadline last summer, but the Texas Rangers ended up scooping him up in their playoff push.
Boston is now said to be interested in the right-hander the second time around.
The Red Sox have “checked in” on Dempster, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.
Dempster, 35, is said to want a three-year deal.
Dempster moved from...
The Texas Rangers officially announced the acquisition of right-hander Joakim Soria on Tuesday, with the free agent reliever receiving a two-year deal with a club option for a third season. The team didn't disclose financial terms, but multiple media reports indicated that Soria will make a guaranteed $8 million. Soria missed the entire 2012 season with the Kansas City Royals...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a 39 million, three-year contract. The deal is subject to Napoli passing a physical, which will take place later this week, the person said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final. A 31-year-old who also...
Napoli will feel at home at Fenway Park
The Red Sox reached a 3-year agreement with 1B/C Mike Napoli today, a player long-coveted by Ben Cherington and the Red Sox front office. The 31-year old right-handed hitter will provide some much needed pop in the middle of the Red Sox order. Napoli hit 24 home runs last season and hasn’t hit below 20 since his 2nd full year in 2007...
Mike Napoli is receiving a lot of praise for his decision to come to Boston for the next three years.
The catcher/first baseman signed a three-year contract with the Sox on Monday, and early reports have him slated to primarily play first base.
The Boston Globe‘s Peter Abraham applauded the signing, and ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian believes that with a couple more solid signings, the...
The Texas Rangers have been the most aggressive team in
pursuit of free agent slugger Josh Hamilton, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
#Rangers most aggressive team on Hamilton, according to source. Would ease sting of losing Napoli. #Brewers on periphery with Hamilton.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2012
Rosenthal adds that if the Rangers are...
Not exactly the biggest news of the winter meeting, but the Rangers agreed to sign Joakim Soria to a two year contract today, and Danny Knobler suggested that it would be in the $8-$9 million range, and Alden Gonzalez adds that Texas got a team option for a third year in the deal as well. This is a bit of an unorthodox move, as Soria had Tommy John surgery in April, and is unlikely...