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Cubs trade Geovany Soto to Rangers

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Cubs trade Geovany Soto to Rangers

It wasn't Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza, but the first domino for the Cubs has fallen before Tuesday's MLB non-waiver trade deadline.

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David KaplanSoto to Texas Rangers
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The Cubs have traded Catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Jacob Brigham.

Soto was pulled in the fifth inning of Monday night's game and was seen hugging teammates in the dugout.

In 52 games with the Cubs this season, the 29-year-old catcher was batting .199 with six homers and 14 RBI. He spent time on the disabled list earlier this year and while his .623 OPS leaves some to be desired, Soto has upside.

He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2008, putting up a great .868 OPS with 23 homers and 86 RBI. He also had an .890 OPS in 2010, but struggled with a .218 average in '09 and .228 average last season.

Soto has a career .899 OPS against left-handers with a .298.395.504 line. He will provide the Rangers another veteran catcher and right-handed bat.

Brigham is a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher taken in the sixth round of the '06 draft by the Rangers. He has never climbed above Double-A, where he boasts a 5-5 record, 4.28 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 21 starts this season. He does, however, have 230 strikeouts in 238.1 innings in Double-A.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: