Soto traded to White Sox
The Reds traded Minor League corner infielder Neftali Soto to the White Sox on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.
Although he batted .302/.350/.406 last season for Triple-A Louisville, Soto wasn’t able to take advantage of big league call-ups in both 2013 and ’14. In five stints for Cincinnati over those seasons, he batted .071 (3-for-42) with one RBI.
Soto, 26, was viewed a rising prospect in the Reds system a couple of years ago who was blocked by Joey Votto at first base. He was tried at different positions, including third base and catcher but never found a home anywhere defensively.
It was telling that the Reds did not make Soto a September call-up last season. On Oct. 28, he sent outright to Louisville and off of the 40-man roster. Declared a six-year free agent, he signed a Minor League deal with the club in December and was invited to big league camp at Spring Training.
In four spring games, Soto was 2-for-7 and he was part of the Reds’ first wave of camp cuts on March 10.