Geovany Soto Becomes a Free Agent

Geovany Soto is up for grabs…

The 34-year-old Puerto Rican baseball player and Chicago White Sox catcher has declined his option for next season, becoming a free agent.

Geovany Soto

Soto, the National League Rookie of the Year with the Cubs in 2008, agreed to a minor league contract with the White Sox in January.

Soto missed most of last season because of a right elbow injury that required surgery and batted .190 in 13 games.

Soto Agrees to One-Year Deal with the Los Angeles Angels

Geovany Soto is heading to the city (and team) of angels

The 32-year-old Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher, a free-agent, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

Geovany Soto

The team announced the move Tuesday night, one day after losing catcher Chris Iannetta to the Seattle Mariners in free agency.

Soto has played for four teams in 11 major league seasons. The former Chicago Cubs backstop spent last season on the other side of town with the Chicago White Sox, batting .219 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 78 games.

A solid defender, Soto also has played for Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s. He was the National League Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 2008 with the Cubs.

Soto will team with Carlos Perez behind the plate for Los Angeles.

Perez shared the job last season with Iannetta, whose offensive production plummeted in his fourth season with the Angels.