Soto was released by Chicago on Friday. Soto never made an appearance with the major-league club during his time in the organization, and was let go after competing with Triple-A Charlotte since the start of the season. He had posted a 4.30 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with a 31:10 K:BB through 23 innings of work with the Knights. Soto will look to join his fifth organization in under a year after bouncing around the minor leagues the last few seasons. The 26-year-old has not thrown a pitch in the majors since he was with the Indians in 2015.
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.
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