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Source: Angels agree with prospect Maitan

Halos also sign former Braves farmhand Soto
MLB.com @mi_guardado

ANAHEIM -- The Angels have agreed to terms with 17-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Kevin Maitan, the top prospect the Braves forfeited for violating international signing rules, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday. The agreement is worth $2.2 million and is pending a physical, per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

Sanchez also reports the Angels have agreed to terms with shortstop Livan Soto, another former Braves prospect, who will receive an $850,000 bonus.

ANAHEIM -- The Angels have agreed to terms with 17-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Kevin Maitan, the top prospect the Braves forfeited for violating international signing rules, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday. The agreement is worth $2.2 million and is pending a physical, per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

Sanchez also reports the Angels have agreed to terms with shortstop Livan Soto, another former Braves prospect, who will receive an $850,000 bonus.

Video: Top Prospects: Livan Soto, SS

Once the deal becomes official, Maitan will become the Angels' No. 1 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. He will also be the Halos' lone farmhand in MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, where he is currently ranked No. 38.

Video: Angels sign top prospect Kevin Maitan

Maitan originally signed with the Braves in 2016 for $4.25 million, a Venezuelan bonus record. The switch-hitter made his professional debut in the United States this past season and struggled across two Rookie-level leagues, batting .241 with a .290 on-base percentage and two home runs in 42 games.

Video: MLB Now on Maitan reportedly signing with the Angels

Soto, 17, signed for $1 million out of Venezuela in 2016. He hit .225 with a .332 on-base percentage in 47 Rookie-level games this past season and impressed scouts with his defense.

Maitan and Soto were among the 13 Braves prospects who were declared free agents last month following Major League Baseball's investigation into infractions committed by the club on the international market. Tuesday marked the first day the prospects were eligible to sign with new teams, and the Angels wasted little time in scooping up the two young infielders.

Signing Maitan and Soto would not mean the Angels are out of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. MLB stipulated that when signing players who were released from their Braves contracts, teams have the option of counting the bonus toward the current 2017-18 signing period or the 2018-19 period, though teams can't combine pool money from those two periods. The Angels only have $1.315 million in this year's pool, so Maitan and Soto's bonuses can come out of the 2018-19 pool, leaving their 2017-18 pool intact.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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