Geovany Soto, Cubs agree

Updated: January 15, 2011, 4:55 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and catcher Geovany Soto have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract.

By signing the contract, the sides avoid arbitration. Soto was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He made $575,000 in 2010.

Soto hit .280 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs last season.

That leaves the Cubs with Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall and Tom Gorzelanny as arbitration-eligible players.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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