Athletics purchase catcher Geovany Soto from Rangers

Geovany Soto is headed to Oakland in a trade.
Geovany Soto is headed to Oakland in a trade. (USATSI)

The Texas Rangers have traded catcher Geovany Soto to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. No official announcement has been made yet, but the Rangers announced prior to the game that Soto was scratched from the lineup and it wasn't due to an injury.

Soto, 31, has only managed to play 10 games this season, due to multiple injury issues, most notably a torn meniscus that needed surgery to repair. Soto was an All-Star and won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2008, but has tailed off since. In the past three seasons combined, he's hitting .215/.286/.383 with 23 doubles, 21 homers and 64 RBI in 583 plate appearances.

The move for the A's is simply about depth. Derek Norris is still the starter while John Jaso -- who also DHs -- can also work behind the plate. Stephen Vogt is also an option, but he also plays some first base. So adding Soto just gives Bob Melvin more flexibility, and he's a master of doing well with it.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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