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Mets, Cubs talked Geovany Soto

Jul 29, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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It’s no secret that the Mets have been looking for a right-handed complement to Josh Thole behind the plate. That search led to talks with the Cubs regarding Geovany Soto this past week.

Andy Martino broke the news today, but he said a deal was unlikely. Following up on it, the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers said talks were dead. The Cubs are open to moving Soto and going with Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo as a catching tandem, but Soto’s salary was probably more than the Mets were interested in taking on, particularly since they’re now looking more towards 2013.

The Mets have also engaged in talks for Colorado’s Ramon Hernandez and Boston’s Kelly Shoppach in the past without coming away with either. Those players could both come at discounts after Tuesday’s trade deadline, assuming they clear waivers.

Soto, 29, has hit just .195/.278/.345 this season, and given that he’s making $4.3 million, he’s looking like a top non-tender candidate this winter. The Mets could again look at him then. Unless he comes through with a big finish here, he’s probably looking at a salary closer to $2 million in 2013, making him more palatable as a backup.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    That’s Geovany Soto? Hell, he looks more like Tuco from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    • Glenn - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      That is an insult to Tuco!

    • onegamedoesnotaseasonmake - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Hey Blond! You know what you are? Just a dirty….!

      • Old Gator - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        Where ees thee man who rides thees horse? He has blonde hair, he smokes a ceegar, and he’s a peeg!

  2. biasedhomer - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    It wasnt too long ago this guy won ROY and was a top 5 catcher and a future corner stone for the Cubs. This sure can change in a few years.

  3. temporarilyexiled - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    This is exactly what I want to look like right after I lose what’s left of my mind.

    • Old Gator - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      If that’s what you want to look like, then you’ve already lost it.

  4. crisisjunky - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I also have made that face when I have bitten into a snausage.

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