Soto was traded to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for cash considerations, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Soto pitched well between Triple-A and the majors last season in the Indians organization, putting together 3.1 scoreless innings with the big club during the 2015 campaign. This was good enough to pique the Cubs' interest, and now he'll take the slot of the injured Kyle Schwarber (knee, ankle) on the 40-man roster. In a consequential move, Soto was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and will slot into their bullpen until he's needed at the major league level.
Soto was designated for assignment by the Indians on Sunday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. The 24-year-old excelled in a relief role at Triple-A Columbus last season, churning out a 2.68 ERA and 51 strikeouts over 53.2 innings, but control problems have often stood in the way of his development. Soto is still young enough to resurface as a useful bullpen arm, but his removal from the 40-man roster certainly qualifies as a setback, as he'll now have no easy path to the majors as a minor-league call-up.
Soto was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. Soto has not had a very good spring thus far, posting a 9.00 ERA through four innings pitched. The 24-year-old will start the year in Triple-A where he had a solid 2015 season, putting up a 2.68 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. There is a chance he receives a callup at some point in the upcoming season, but even if he did his fantasy value would still be questionable.
The Indians have promoted reliever Giovanni Soto and middle infielder Michael Martinez from Triple-A Columbus. The 32-year-old Martinez is having arguably his finest minor league season. He's batting .289 with 53 runs and 11 stolen bases. He is arriving in Cleveland after running his hitting streak to seven games. Soto has posted a 2.68 ERA and has allowed 35 hits in 53 2/3 innings.
The Indians announced Thursday they optioned Scott Barnes and Corey Kluber to Triple-A Columbus. They also signed Giovanni Soto to minor-league camp.
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