No, Not the Catcher: Cubs trade for pitcher Giovanni Soto

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Sep 5, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Giovanni Soto (65) pitches in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski

CHICAGO – You can’t blame Cubs fans if they did a double take on Monday afternoon a few hours before their home opener against the Reds on Monday afternoon.

After all, the name is frighteningly close a former Cub who was the Rookie of the Year in 2008.

But the Cubs didn’t trade for catcher Geovany Soto. He’s still with the Angels.

Instead the Cubs pulled a deal with the Cleveland Indians to acquire left handed pitcher Giovanni Soto for cash considerations. He was immediately optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Soto made his major league debut with the Indians last year and didn’t allow a run in six relief appearances that covered 3.1 innings. Originally the pitcher was selected by the Tigers in the 21st round of the 2009 draft but went to Cleveland in the Jhonny Peralta trade.