Soto Will Return to the Rangers After All

by kelly on December 3, 2012

Just a day after we heard that the Texas Rangers had non-tendered catcher Govany Soto, the two sides came to an agreement on a one-year contract for the 2013 season, tweets Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

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Terms of the deal are not available, but we can safely figure that the Rangers brought him back on a discounted rate from last year. The 29-year-old catcher hit just .198 in 99 games last season between the Cubs and the Rangers.

Soto will likely remain in a backup role for Texas next season, as they’re still looking for a starting catcher and could still bring back free agent Mike Napoli.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman tweets that Soto will make $3 million in 2013. The catcher made $4.3 million in 2012 and was arbitration-eligible, so the Rangers probably saved around $1.5 million by non-tendering Soto and then re-signing him.

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