Cubs acquire LHP Giovanni Soto from Cleveland

The Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto from the Cleveland Indians for a cash consideration. Soto has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, catcher Kyle Schwarber has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Soto, 24, made his major-league debut with the Indians last season and turned in six scoreless relief appearances, covering 3.1 innings pitched. He limited opponents to a .231 batting average (3-for-13) and a .462 OPS, and tallied a 0.90 WHIP.

With Triple-A Columbus last year, Soto went 2-1 with two saves and a 2.68 ERA (16 ER/53.2 IP) in 46 appearances, all but one in relief.  He limited opponents to a .187 batting average and allowed only one home run while striking out 51 batters in 53.2 innings pitched.

Soto was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round of the 2009 Draft and was acquired by the Indians for Jhonny Peralta a year later. In seven minor-league seasons, Soto is 25-25 with four saves and a 3.10 ERA (160 ER/465.0 IP) in 167 minor-league appearances, including 64 starts.

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