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Angels sign former Braves shortstop Livan Soto for $850,000

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The Angels pick up another released Braves prospect.

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John Coppolella (left), former Braves GM, and John Hart (right), former Braves President of Baseball Operations, speak to the media regarding Freddie Freeman (center).
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It turns out Livan Soto has signed with the Angels after all.

Per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:

The deal was later confirmed by Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

As Fletcher notes, the deal can count towards next year’s international signing period (which starts July 2, 2018). This means it does not affect the Angels’ pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.

Of the $4.75M the Angels have for next signing period, they have used $3.05M, or 64.2 percent, of that figure. Teams can trade with other teams for more international pool money, though there is a cap on the maximum a team can have.

Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen states “Soto was considered a utility prospect by scouts who saw him this year due to a lack of physicality...”, though he also noted Soto’s physical projection before the season.

Soto slashed .225/.332/.254 with the GCL Braves in 2017.