Rangers trade Geovany Soto to Oakland for cash

Posted Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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The Rangers finalized a trade Sunday, sending catcher Geovany Soto to Oakland for cash considerations.

The contract of Triple A Round Rock catcher Tomas Telis will be purchased today.

Soto was acquired last season from the Chicago Cubs to fortify the Rangers catching depth. He was slated to be the team's Opening Day starter before two surgical procedures sent him to the sidelines.

The most significant setback was right knee surgery to repair torn cartilage that caused him to miss 3 ½ months. Soto returned to the team July 16.

He returned to the disabled list a week later with a right groin strain.

Soto also had a brush with the law in July after being picked up by Grapevine police and put under arrest and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana of less than 2 ounces.

The catcher took responsibility and pleaded for forgiveness from teammates in an emotional team meeting days after the arrest.

Ultimately, Soto appeared in only 10 games this season, batting .237 with one home run and three RBIs.

Catcher Tomas Telis will be called up Monday, team officials said, and become the 58th player used by Texas this season, the most in the majors.

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