The Texas Rangers have traded Geovany Soto to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations. Soto has been out for most of the year because of injury, but he is healthy now and the Athletics will get a guy who has a nice arm from behind the play and a good bat. Soto is nothing like what he was a few years when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs, but he will be a rental for the A’s as his contract is up at the end of the season.
By trading away Soto, the Rangers have decided that their starting catcher going forward will be Robinson Chirinos. There have been rumors of Soto starting issues in the locker room and that could another reason why Texas let him go for such a low cost. Although Soto is the better of the two, Chirinos has been developing quietly. Soto was also costing the Rangers around $3 million.
The Soto experiment in Texas failed. Manager Ron Washington is a no-nonsense guy and it was clear that there was rift between Washington and Soto. It’s not often you find trades in the division, but to shed themselves of $3 million, this move was a smart one for the Rangers.