OAKLAND — Suddenly strapped at the catching position, the A's acquired veteran Geovany Soto from the Texas Rangers for cash on Sunday.
The A's, who have had the luxury of three catchers on the roster for much of the season, are essentially down to one after John Jaso developed concussion symptoms from a hard foul tip he took off his mask two weeks ago. Jaso will be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Monday when Soto joins the team in Houston.
Stephen Vogt has had a foot problem that precludes him from catching except in an emergency situation. That left the A's with just one reasonably healthy catcher, Derek Norris, and even Norris has been suffering from back stiffness issues over the past week or so.
Soto, 31, has played sparingly for the Rangers in 2014, appearing in just 10 games due to his own injury issues. He began the season on the 60-day disabled list with torn lateral meniscus cartilage in his right knee. He was reinstated July 18 and went 4 for 11 (.364) in three games before returning the DL July 22 with a strained right groin.
Overall, Soto is batting .237 with one home run and three RBIs. Oakland reportedly paid $300,000 to Texas to acquire the eight-year veteran. Kyle Blanks (Achilles tendinitis) was moved to 60-day D.L. to clear a spot for Soto on the 40-man roster.
Soto, a right-handed hitter, spent five seasons as the Chicago Cubs' starting catcher and had some productive seasons. His best year came in 2008 when he hit .285 with 23 home runs and 86 RBIs.
In a separate minor league transaction, the A's also acquired catcher Bryan Anderson from the Cincinnati Reds for international money.