Angels sign Geovany Soto …

The Angels signed free-agent catcher Geovany Soto to a one-year, $2.8 million deal on Tuesday, giving them a veteran complement to the young Carlos Perez behind the plate.

Soto batted .219/.301/.406 in 210 plate appearances for the White Sox last season and is a career .246/.331/.434 hitter in 11 seasons in the big leagues, with the first eight years spent with the Cubs.

The 32-year-old right-handed hitter has thrown out 27 percent of would-be base stealers since 2006 – basically the Major League average during that time – and ranked 60th in the Majors in terms of getting additional strikes with his pitch framing last year, right behind Perez, according to Baseball Prospectus.

Soto’s deal puts the Angels roughly $20 million below the luxury-tax threshold.


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