Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that catcher Geovany Soto has signed with the White Sox on a minor league contract. According to Levine, Soto has a “great shot” once the White Sox configure their 40-man roster.
Soto, who turns 34 years old later this month, was limited to just 26 games with the Angels this past season. When he was in the lineup, he was productive, hitting .269/.321/.487 with four home runs and nine RBI in 86 plate appearances.
The White Sox don’t have great catching depth as Omar Navaez and Kevan Smith are No.1 and 2, respectively, on the club’s depth chart.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.