From the Wire … Geovany Soto Traded to the Rangers

According to multiple reports, the Cubs traded Geovany Soto and cash to the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Jacob Brigham. The deal is expected to be made official prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Geovany Soto did not perform to expectations this season and was expected to be non-tendered this off-season. Soto showed improvements defensively but regressed offensively. Soto put together a .195/.278/.345/.623 line this season with six doubles, a triple and six home runs in 51 games … in July, Soto was hitting .250/.316/.365/.681 with three doubles and a home run in 15 games.

The Cubs avoided arbitration with Geovany Soto last winter by agreeing to a $4.3 million contract. Soto was paid $3 million a year ago in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Jacob Brigham posted a 5-5 record in 21 starts at the Double-A level this season with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. In 124 innings, Brigham struck out 116 and walked 46 while giving up 122 hits. The 24-year old right hander was the Rangers’ sixth round selection in the 2006 draft.

Jacob Brigham’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Jacob Brigham will be added to the Cubs’ big league roster (40-man roster) when the deal is made official. With the addition of Brigham and the subtraction of Geovany Soto, the Cubs’ 40-man roster currently sits at 40 players.

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  • Tony_Hall

    With Brigham going on the 25 man roster, will he be taking over a rotation spot, either Maholm’s or Dempster, or even Garza?

    It sure is going to be an interesting last 24 hours…

  • Ripsnorter1

    I am surprised that he made the big club. He has no ML service time. Jumping from AA to the bigs when he wasn’t exactly lights out in AA……..

  • Neil

    Guys, Brigham was on the Rangers’ 40-man before the trade. By rule he has to be added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster. I think he will join the Smokies roster once the trade is official.

  • Zonk

    Is this a fair return for Soto?
    Bringham is, by all accounts, fringy. It looks like the Cubs were going to DFA Soto anyway, and decided to get something instead of nothing
    Soto was struggling, but good catchers don’t grow on trees, and I’m not sold on Clevenger/Castillo. I guess we’ll see.

  • cubtex

    no. It was Marlon Byrd trade #2. Cash and Soto for a non-prospect.