Chicago Cubs: Whatever happened to these former Cubs?

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Chicago Cubs: Soto was a productive presence behind the dish

For four and a half seasons, Geovany Soto was the number one catcher for the Cubs. While his MLB debut took place in 2005, he had his first official full-season as a Cub in 2008. The then-25-year-old rookie slashed .285/.364/.504 with 23 homers, wRC+ of 120 an OPS+ of 119 and a 3.5 fWAR. His efforts got him a nod in the All-Star game at old Yankee Stadium and NL Rookie of the Year honors.

Strangely enough, 2008 was not even his best season. A lot of folks forget that his 2010 season saw a career-high fWAR (4.4), wRC+ (137) and OBP (.393) among other stats. In between those years, he had a few down seasons but overall hit .252/.342/.445 with 77 homers and 264 RBI. His tenure on the North Side ended when the Cubs dealt him to Texas in 2012.

Soto bounced around through the rest of his MLB career, including stints with the Rangers, Athletics, Angels and White Sox. His last MLB action was on May 7, 2017, as a member of the White Sox at the age of 34.

Soto had resigned with the Sox (after playing with them in 2015) and played in 13 games in 2017 before missing the rest of the season with elbow surgery. As of right now, he has yet to officially retire.