The Texas Rangers made the trade for Geovany Soto official on Tuesday morning, acquiring the catcher from the Chicago Cubs
along with cash considerations for minor league pitcher Jacob Brigham and a player to be named later or cash.
"We're excited to add Geovany to our club," said general manager Jon Daniels in a club's new release about the deal. "He's a talented guy we think can contribute to what we're hoping to accomplish. We also want to thank Yorvit for his work here over the past two seasons."
The 29-year-old Soto has been with the Cubs his entire big league career (starting in 2005) and was an All-Star and National League Rookie of the Year in 2008. This season, he's batting .199 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 52 games. He missed about a month with a torn mensiscus in his left knee from mid-May to mid-June, but has played better since returning. He is hitting .298 (14-for-47) in his last 14 games.
Soto is a career .252 hitter and has thrown out a little more than 23 percent of the runners attempting to steal on him.
Torrealba was batting .236 with three homers and 12 RBIs in the 49 games in the second year of his deal with Texas. He was the club's starting catcher when 2011 began, but Mike Napoli's huge second half pushed Torrealba to a backup role in the postseason. The catchers were splitting time this season.
The Rangers had to give up 24-year-old Double-A prospect Brigham in the deal. He was 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA (124 innings) in 21 games this season. Brigham, who was taken in the sixth round of the 2006 draft, was added to the 40-man roster in the offseason.