The Rangers grabbed catcher Geovany Soto just before the 2012 trading deadline, and they’ve decided to keep him around and hope he does that thing where he’s good again. Soto will return to the stubborn lower portion of America on a one-year deal worth $3 million despite just anti-enjoying a season line that’s honestly a bid hard to look at. Soto hit a disturbing .198/.270/.343 last year in 361 PA. Things didn’t improve for the 29-year-old once he switched ballparks, and they didn’t really get better in the second half either.
Still, there are things to like about Soto, namely the fact that he’s been an extremely successful offensive catcher as recently as 2010. Soto is a career .248/.336/.437 hitter, and that’s good enough for someone who happens to don the tools of ignorance. The weird thing is that he seems just as likely to be among the very worst players in the league as he does to resume being among the better ones. Soto has been worth 2.5 WAR or more three times in his five seasons. Those other two seasons featured him making out with the Mendoza line and floundering defensively.
I don’t really mind this signing for the Rangers, though. They’re a contending team that can afford to take a low-cost hit if things don’t work out. A full season in the glorious hitter’s haven at Arlington may be just the thing Soto needs to turn his ship around, and we all know he’s capable of better things. Most likely is a season somewhere in line with his career norms, and that would work just fine for a Rangers squad primed to battle for the AL West again in 2013. This is a much better way to go than machine-gunning dollar bills at Russell Martin in hopes that someone will notice at the party. Here’s looking at you, Huntington!