Geovany Soto, Rangers agree to $2.75M

Catcher Geovany Soto is staying with the Texas Rangers, agreeing

Monday to a $2.75 million, one-year contract.

Soto’s agreement allows him to earn an additional $250,000 in

performance bonuses. The deal was announced on the first day of

baseball’s winter meetings.

Soto, who turns 30 next month, hit .196 with five homers and 25

RBIs in 47 games last season as the backup for Mike Napoli, who

agreed to a $39 million, three-year deal with Boston.

Texas allowed Soto to become a free agent when it failed to

offer a contract by Friday’s deadline. The move allowed the team to

cut his salary, which was $4.3 million this year, by more than 20