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.

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Happy for Soto. Wasn’t going anywhere with the Reds. Maybe the change will reenergize him and help him get his big league career (if he has one) back on track. Hate to see young players caught in no win situations.

Not sure he is any better of with White Soxs than he was with the Reds maybe a DH possibility. Good luck to him.

Amen.

Does this make Lutz the backup at 1st coming out of camp?

Depends on where we are if and when Votto isn’t capable of playing lst base. I think it is safe to assume that Lutz will be sent down prior to opening day as the bench is all but already chosen, and he isn’t one of the five. So, that leaves Pena and Frazier to back up Votto on a “day-off” basis. However, if he goes down for any period of time,
I would suspect that they would bring up either Lutz or Dominquez. Let’s hope Votto is a player this season rather than a bench rider.

No, Frazier will be our backup at first, and then Negron plays 3rd.

Chris Dominquez could see some time at either 3rd or first as well. I don’t think the organization thinks too much of Lutz.

Lutz probably has same future as Soto.

I agree, Lutz is gone at some point as well. If you can get anything for him…do it. Dominquez has a better future in my opinion. Much quicker swing for a big guy and is very versatile in the field, included playing like 50 games at SS last year in the minors.

Something needs to be said for Negron though. The kid is having an amazing spring, and he is going to be a big key to our success this season if he can build on what he did last year. I was never EVER high on this guy and in my opinion, he has already exceeded expectations. It’s a lot of fun to watch.

Cincinnati has 36 players remaining after reliever Jose Mijares was released, catcher Tucker Barnhart, outfielder Donald Lutz and shortstop Eugenio Suarez were optioned to Triple-A Louisville and infielder Josh Satin and catcher Chad Wallach were reassigned to the Minor League camp.

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