Reds send Soto to White Sox for cash

Corner infielder, once considered rising prospect, struggled with bat in bigs

Reds send Soto to White Sox for cash

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds traded Minor League corner infielder Neftali Soto to the White Sox on Monday 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 callups 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 but was blocked by Joey Votto at first base. He was tried at different positions, including third base and catcher, but never found a home defensively.

It was telling that the Reds did not make Soto a September callup last season. He was outrighted to Louisville and removed from the 40-man roster on Oct. 28. 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.

Soto was 2-for-7 in four spring games and was part of the Reds' first wave of camp cuts on March 10.

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