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ARLINGTON, Texas The other former Chicago Cubs player is just as excited to be a member of the Texas Rangers as Ryan Dempster.
Catcher Geovany Soto was in uniform Tuesday as the Rangers completed their trade for him earlier in the day.
Soto, who spent his entire career with the Cubs, is excited to get started with his new team.
"The opportunity to go play for what we come to play for I feel great about," said Soto, who goes from a Chicago team 15 games under .500 to a first-place club. "It's a little bit surreal right now. I'm just getting my feet wet but very excited."
Soto's addition spelled the end of Yorvit Torrealba's time with the Rangers. The club designated Torrealba for assignment to make room for Soto.
Soto, who is under team control through next season, missed part of the year after having surgery on his left knee but said he's 100 percent right now. He's hitting just .195 but the Rangers felt like he would be an upgrade over Torrealba.
"We get a catcher we think has his best days ahead of him," said general manager Jon Daniels said. "He's struggling a little bit this year and quite frankly I think that's why he was available for the price he was. We think he's got a chance to flourish and offensively give us a little lift back there as well."
Soto's first start will come Thursday with Dempster on the mound. Texas manager Ron Washington said he'd use Soto the same way the club used Torrealba and said he would get a lot of playing time.
Soto is eager to get to work with the Texas pitchers and isn't concerned about playing time.
"They've very aggressive," said Soto, who has played in just 51 games this season. "They come after you. They seem intimidating. When you see them on TV, they look like bulldogs out there. That's good to know."
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The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Geovany Soto from the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Jake Brigham and a player to be named or cash.
Soto was expected to be in uniform Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. To make room on the roster, the Rangers designated catcher Yorvit Torrealba (yohr-VEET' tohr-ee-AL'-bah) for assignment.
The 29-year-old Soto was the NL...
Amidst Monday night’s flurry of trades, the Texas Rangers picked up a new catcher: Geovany Soto, formerly of the Chicago Cubs. The Rangers plucked the 29-year-old out of the North Side for the low price of Double-A right-hander Jake Brigham, a name absent from organization top prospect lists this season. Soto will take the roster spot of Yorvit Torrealba, designated for assignment...
In one of the more under-the-radar trades of a busy night of deals on Monday, the Texas Rangers acquired catcher Geovany Soto from the Chicago Cubs.
This move was something of a surprise since Texas was not known to be in the market for catching help since they already have Mike Napoli in place with Yorvit Torrealba as his back-up. Yet now Soto is on board and Torrealba...
In a mostly unsurprising move on Monday, Geovany Soto was traded to the Texas Rangers less than a day before the trade deadline. Midway through the Cubs' opener of their three game homestand with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 29-year-old catcher was reportedly dealt to Texas for minor league pitcher Jacob Brigham. Soto has been struggling lately, batting only .199 with six homers...
The Texas Rangers made a change to their catching corps on Monday by acquiring backstop Geovany Soto from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Jake Brigham. Lone Star Dugout takes an in-depth look at the deal.
Cubs catcher Geovany Soto and outfielder Reed Johnson were pulled in the middle of Monday night's game and hugged teammates in the dugout, prompting speculation they had been traded.
There was no confirmation by Chicago after its 14-4 win over Pittsburgh that any deals had been made. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he'd been told to take out Soto and Johnson, but offered no...
The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Geovany Soto from the Cubs, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports. Soto was seen giving hugs to teammates in the dugout just after Reed Johnson was pulled from the game and traded.
Soto is hitting .195/.278/.345 in 194 plate appearances this year while smacking 6 home runs and 14 RBIs.
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According to Tim Brown of Yahoo, Geovany Soto has been traded to the Texas Rangers.
Soto has been traded to Rangers.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 31, 2012
Not sure how accurate this is, but it figures the Cubs would pull this **** when I'm about ready to go to bed.
This trade is not related to the Reed Johnson trade and there is no word yet on why Brett Jackson...
The Chicago Cubs kick-started their rebuilding effort with a pair of trades that sent catcher Geovany Soto to the Rangers and pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to Atlanta. The Cubs received Class AA pitcher Jacob Brigham from Texas, according to multiple reports. What they received from the Braves wasn't immediately known. Soto and Johnson were seen saying goodbye...
The Chicago Cubs were busy on Monday night, making a pair of trades...but neither involving Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza. The team traded catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers, and outfielder Reed Johnson and starter Paul Maholm to the Braves.
Soto's acquisition helps the Rangers in both the short term and the long term. Texas has NOT gotten good production behind...
There is hope, Cubs fans. And not just because Geovany Soto was traded for something more valuable than a bag of weed.
This hope comes from a bunch of Brits wearing leotards.
Another group that has gone quite a long time without winning anything ended its own streak of futility on Monday as Great Britain’s men’s gymnastics team medaled for the first time since 1912 in winning...
The Chicago Cubs announced one trade Monday night and were poised to make another, and neither involved pitcher Ryan Dempster. Before the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-4 at Wrigley Field, reporters surrounded Dempster and asked him if he thought he would make Tuesday's scheduled start for Chicago. When the night ended, Dempster was still a Cub, but other players weren...
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Chicago Cubs have traded Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto in separate deals. The destinations are still unknown, but Rosenthal is reporting that the deals too place.
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