No one is more aware that Geovany Soto has struggled at the plate the last two seasons more than Soto.
He’s out to change that in 2013 with the Texas Rangers. Texas officially signed Soto to a one-year deal Monday, blunting some of the impact of the loss of Mike Napoli to the Boston Red Sox.
“I feel I have a lot more to offer,” said Soto. “I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain. I want to prove myself. I want to prove to the Texas Rangers that I am an All-Star caliber catcher. The main goal is to win the World Series.”
Soto hit just .196 in 47 games after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline. He’s hit .228 or less in three of the last four seasons and knows that has to improve next year.
“Obviously it’s no secret I’ve been having down years in my hitting,” Soto said. “I feel like I have a lot more to offer. I was trying to do too much. I need to calm down and get some swings under my belt. I came up as an offense guy and I haven’t been showing that. I want to prove once again that I can be a power in the lineup.”
Right now he’ll have that opportunity as the 47 games he played with the Rangers after that trade are more than the other two catchers on the roster have combined for in the big-league career.
The Rangers could still make a move for a catcher but the market is weak, headlined by A.J. Pierzynski and the host of Toronto catchers that may or may not be available via trade.
The Rangers non-tendered Soto last Friday after he made $4.2 million last season. Soto, 29, said he wanted to return to the Rangers despite the non-tender decision. Members of the pitching staff will like the move too.
“I felt we had a great chemistry,” Soto said. “All the guys are great and they’re real easy going. The fit was right. Everybody here treated me really well. I’m a hard worker. All I want them to do is have success and make them better pitchers.”