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Soto prepared to be Rangers' backup catcher


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Geovany Soto was the Rangers' starting catcher for three weeks after re-signing with the club on Dec. 6. That came to an end three weeks later, when Texas signed A.J. Pierzynski.

Manager Ron Washington has made it clear that Pierzynski will be the No. 1 catcher with Soto in reserve.

"You know something ... that's something I can not control," Soto said. "I have to do my job and whatever they want me to do. The bottom line is to get back to postseason and win the World Series."

Soto was acquired from the Cubs on July 30 and hit .196 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 47 games for the Rangers. They non-tendered him on Nov. 30 to avoid arbitration and then re-signed him to a $2.75 million contract. Soto ended up taking a big cut after making $4.3 million in 2012.

"They non-tendered me and I don't blame them," Soto said. "I put up numbers that were uncharacteristic of me. I'm capable of a lot more. I just want to make a statement and prove to them that I can play and hit."

He just has to do it as a reserve after being a No. 1 catcher for five years.

"I expect him to come in here, have a good attitude and get better," Washington said. "You never know what will happen. Injuries happen. If you don't have the right attitude and let it affect you, you'll find yourself behind the 8-ball."

Soto will catch. Pierzynski is not going to play every day, but Washington isn't sure when Soto will play.

"It will be a feel," Washington said. "It will be when I feel Pierzynski needs a day. But he's our everyday guy. I've never had an everyday guy at catcher before."

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