Soto's contract was selected by the Angels on Tuesday. Soto will join the major-league club for the first time in his career after Andrelton Simmons opted out of the final week of the season Tuesday. David Fletcher should be the favorite to see playing time at shortstop with Luis Rengifo at second base, but Soto could certainly make his major-league debut as the regular season comes to an end. The 31-year-old slashed .305/.380/.480 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI at the Triple-A level last year.
Soto is among three players the Angels have selected to be part of their taxi squad, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Soto is not on the 40-man roster, but he has spent the last four seasons at Triple-A and can play multiple infield positions, making him a strong contingency option in case of injury or illness to an active player. As part of the taxi squad, Soto will join Anthony Bemboom and Luke Bard as teammates who travel with the Angels on road trips but are not eligible to play without first replacing a player on the active roster.
Soto will be part of the Angels' 60-man roster. Soto was extended an invite to camp this past December, and the team will give him a similar opportunity upon the season's restart. The 30-year-old isn't currently on the 40-man roster and has spent the last four seasons at the Triple-A level. Last year was one of his best for Triple-A Albuquerque, as Soto posted four-year highs in OPS (.860), RBI (50) and home runs (10). At this point, however, he's likely not much more than roster depth at middle infield.
Soto signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Thursday as a non-roster invitee to spring training, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Soto appeared in 112 games for Triple-A Albuquerque in 2019, where he hit .305/.380/.480 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI. He's yet to make his major-league debut, but he will get the chance to work in big-league camp during spring training and it wouldn't be surprising to see him make his debut sooner rather than later if he remains productive at the Triple-A level.
The Cubs have announced that the two players they sent to the Marlins for Dan Haren are Double-A pitcher Ivan Pineyro and shortstop Elliot Soto. Pineyro has made 19 starts this season and boasts a 7-5 record and 3.69 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings. Soto has 73 singles among his 84 hits, but has 55 walks and owns a fine on-base percentage of .388.
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