White Sox Decline Option On Soto, Reinstate Two Others

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Geovany Soto, Chicago White Sox

The White Sox declined catcher Geovany Soto’s 2018 option releasing him onto the free-agent market.

Soto was signed last offseason to provide veteran leadership to a young catching corps but suffered an injury-riddled season and ultimately closed the year on the D.L. Soto was placed on the D.L. for good on May 8 with elbow inflammation that ultimately resulted in surgery.

This was Soto’s second tour with the white sox interrupted by a brief run with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2016. In only 13 games for the South Siders, Soto batted .190/.271/.405 with three home runs. With Kevin Smith and Omar Narvaez demonstrating quality development this past season, it seems White Sox brass are confident the duo can hold down the catching duties until Zack Collins reaches the big leagues.

The White Also reactivated Zach Putnam and Charlie Tilson from the 60-Day disabled list. Putnam underwent Tommy John surgery in June and is likely still on the road to recovery. Tilson has endured a parade of injuries the past two seasons and had not played a game since March until the fall instructional league. Mr. Glass is holding up thus far and replaced Tito Polo in the Arizona Fall League last week to take a few extra reps. He is currently 0 for 10 but cutting him loose from the bubble wrap is enough cause for celebration.

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Matt Enuco
White Sox Insider & former minor league ballplayer | Fan of bunting | Swing hard in case you hit it | Launch angle is silly | Penn G'12