Report: White Sox sign Geovany Soto to a minor league deal

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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.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.