The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran catcher Geovany Soto, according to a club announcement on Tuesday night.
According to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez, the deal is reportedly worth $2.8 million.
This deal gives the club a backup behind 25-year-old Carlos Perez, who is guaranteed the starting job as of now to be the club's everyday backstop going into the 2016 season.
Soto spent the 2015 season with the Chicago White Sox having hit .219/.301/.406 with nine home runs and 21 RBI's in 187 plate appearances, to go alongside his total of 78 games played.
Over the course of his 11-year playing career, Soto batted with a lifetime slashline of .246/.331/.434 in the big leagues which started out on the other side of the city with the Chicago Cubs in 2005. Soto played eight seasons as a member of the Cubs organization.
As noted by Gonzalez, this signing puts the Angels roughly $20 million below the luxury tax threshold.
Soto, 32, is a former National League Rookie of the Year award winner dating back to 2008, where he caught 30 percent of attempted base-stealers and rated 5.6 pitch-framing runs above average, as per a report from StatCorner.com. Soto supplied talent each and every day that seemed to be never ending, and has been a league-average hitter over the course of his career, as he holds a career OPS+ of 102 (100 is league average).
The deal comes just a day after the Seattle Mariners signed Chris Iannetta, who spent the past two seasons in Los Angeles after coming over in a trade from the Colorado Rockies.
This, however, is only the starting point for the team with the offseason at its beginning, as the club will look to fill their needs such as third base, second base and left field. The only thing to keep in consideration is money, in which not much was needed to bring Soto aboard. Moves will have to be made carefully as the non-tender deadline comes on the second of December, in which the Angels will have to pick who stays and who goes.
As noted by MLBtradeRumors, outfielder Collin Cowgill is the only non-tender candidate who's arbitration projection is said to be worth $1 million.
Soto offers the Angels a veteran presence both on and off the field and could be one of those of which the young guns look up to throughout the course of 2016, as he has experience and knows his way around the game at this point in time.