Arlington, TX – The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Geovany Soto and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named later or cash considerations.
In 52 games for the Cubs this season, Soto hit just .199 with six homers and 14 RBI.
The 29-year-old, an 11th-round draft pick by the Cubs in 2001, broke into the majors with Chicago in 2005. His best season offensively came in 2008 when he hit .285 with 23 homers and 86 RBI in 141 contests. He was named the NL's top rookie that season.
Soto is a career .252 hitter with 77 home runs and 264 RBI over 555 games with Chicago. He is one of four catchers in Cubs history with three-or-more seasons of at least 15 home runs.
"We're excited to add Geovany to our club," said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. "He's a talented guy we think can contribute to what we're hoping to accomplish."
To make room for Soto on the active roster, Texas designated catcher Yorvit Torrealba for assignment. He batted .236 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 49 games for the Rangers this season, his second year with the club.
Brigham has compiled a 5-5 record with a 4.28 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Frisco this year. He has spent his entire career in the Texas organization after being selected in the sixth round of the 2006 draft.