From the Wire … Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Geovany Soto

According to multiple reports, the Cubs agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Geovany Soto on Friday afternoon. In his first year of arbitration eligibility Soto received a nice increase in pay from the $575,000 he earned in 2010.

With Geovany Soto under contract for the 2011 season, the Cubs have four arbitration eligible players left unsigned … Tom Gorzelanny, Matt Garza, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol.

Talk during the first day of the Cubs Convention suggested that the Cubs could be working on a multi-year deal with Carlos Marmol.

The Cubs have already avoided arbitration with Jeff Baker ($1.175 million) and Koyie Hill ($850,000) this winter.

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  • paulcatanese

    I would surmise that the Cubs are totaly happy with their catching staff with the increase to Soto and Hill. Wow !!.

  • John_CC

    Yeah. Wow!

  • Tony

    I am surprised Soto and his agent didn’t play this out a little further, to where both sides, turned in arbitration numbers and worked this up closer to the actual arb case hearing. With trading Chirinos, and Hill as the back-up, and Castillo, not getting much opportunity in September, Soto had all of the leverage, to push for more money or a long term deal.

    $3M was on the low range for what Soto could have received if he had played this out.

  • joejoed

    Maybe Soto is just a good dude. As for Hill, its clear they like his defense and pitch-calling, and really, though he can’t hit very well, he still has a winning percentage behind the dish. For a back-up, its tough to be too critical…

    • Tony

      I posted something similar recently, but compare Soto (who is not a defensive catcher) with Hill (the defensive catcher, with ZERO bat)

      CS% – Soto 25% Hill 28%
      ERA – Soto 3.99 Hill 4.19

      Last 4 years (with the Cubs)
      2007 Soto 3.69 Hill 2.98
      2008 Soto 3.80 Hill 5.48
      2009 Soto 3.98 Hill 3.69
      2010 Soto 4.23 Hill 4.11

      Nothing there makes me say, that Hill is better than Soto, defensively.

      I think they could do a lot better for a back-up catcher than Hill.