Soto was removed from the White Sox's 40-man roster Friday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. The left-hander was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the spring, but the White Sox needed room on the 40-man roster in order to add Anthony Swarzak to the major-league relief corps. Despite the demotion, Soto did piece together a decent spring performance, so he could climb back to the big leagues later in the season if he performs well in the minor leagues.
Soto was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. The dream of a Soto-Soto battery on the south side won't happen on Opening Day, but the 25-year-old southpaw still performed decently with his new ball club in his limited spring performances. Soto has had some success at the Triple-A level and does have 3.1 scoreless MLB innings to his credit, so a return to Chicago isn't out of the question if his performance in Charlotte warrants it.
Soto was claimed off waivers by the White Sox on Monday. He was claimed by the A's less than two weeks ago, so it's not a lock that he does not change teams once again before the start of the season. For now, Soto will provide left-handed bullpen depth on the Southside.
Soto was claimed off waivers by the Athletics on Wednesday. Soto was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Friday in order to make room for Kyle Schwarber, and has since been claimed by the Athletics. He is now on their 40-man roster will get a chance to compete for a full time job during spring training.
Soto was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Saturday. Kyle Schwarber (knee) was activated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move. An early-season trade acquisition, Soto posted a 5.14 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 33 appearances with Triple-A Iowa this season. He was left off the team's September roster.
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