Geovany Soto was a free agent for right around 48 hours. He re-signed with the Rangers on Sunday night after failing to come to terms on a deal and getting non-tendered on Friday.
It’s a one-year pact with the dollars still unknown.
Soto, who turns 30 in January, hit .199/.284/.347 in 176 at-bats for the Cubs and .196/.253/.338 in 148 at-bats for the Rangers last season. He had his best season in 2006, hitting .285/.364/.504 with 23 homers. He also hit .280/.393/.497 in 2010 before seeing his OPS suffer big drops two years running.
The Rangers will surely be on the looking for another catcher to complement Soto. They haven’t ruled out re-signing Mike Napoli, and they could also consider such players as Chris Snyder, Jesus Flores and Kelly Shoppach.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.