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December 02, 2012

Rangers, Geovany Soto reach deal

Geovany Soto wanted to come back to the Texas Rangers, and the Rangers wanted him back even though they decided to not tender him a contract Friday night.

Only 48 hours later, though, the sides reached agreement for 2013.

Soto will return to the Rangers on a one-year contact that was reached Sunday, according to a source. The deal will be finalized after Soto passes a physical exam that will be taken by Tuesday.

Terms were not announced, but Soto will make less money than he would have had the Rangers chosen to enter into salary arbitration.

The Rangers are still seeking one more catcher this week at the annual winter meetings, and Mike Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski are atop their big board of free-agent catchers.

Club brass met Wednesday with Napoli, who has also met with Seattle and Boston.

Soto was acquired July 30 from the Cubs and played 47 games, finishing with only a .196 average and six homers with the Rangers. But he gained favor with the pitching staff while Napoli was nursing a knee injury for much of the second half.

-- Jeff Wilson

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