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November 30, 2012

Rangers non-tender Soto, Snyder and Brigham

The Texas Rangers did not reach an agreement with catcher Geovany Soto by tonight's 11 p.m. deadline and have non-tendered him. Soto is now a free agent, although the Rangers are still hopeful of bringing him back.

The Rangers also did not offer 2013 contracts to infielder Brandon Snyder and right-hander Jake Brigham. There is a possibility that the Rangers could re-sign both Snyder and Brigham to minor league deals.

With those moves, Texas has 36 players on its 40-man roster.

The news of the night is Soto, as the Rangers are now without either of the catchers that finished the season on the active roster, Soto and Mike Napoli. 

Texas acquired Soto from the Chicago Cubs at last season's trade deadline for Brigham. The Rangers and Cubs reworked the deal earlier this offseason by switching right-hander Barret Loux for Brigham.

Soto batted .196 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 47 games with the Rangers. He had a .199 average with six home runs and 14 RBIs in his first 52 games with the Cubs.

Behind the plate, Soto worked well with the Rangers' staff, particularly Yu Darvish. Darvish posted a 2.35 ERA in the eight regular season games Soto caught. They also teamed up in the one-game wild card against Baltimore, as Darvish allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Soto made $4.3 million last season, and the Rangers didn't want to pay him the money he could have made in his final year of salary arbitration, somewhere between $5 million and $6 million.

-- Drew Davison

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