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Dodgers sign Elliot Soto to minor league deal, per report

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Soto will reportedly be a non-roster invitee in spring training

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The Dodgers have reportedly added another player to their list of non-roster invitees to spring training, with the signing of infielder Elliot Soto to a minor league contract, per J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group.

Soto made his major league debut last season with the Angels, playing the final three games of the regular season, including two starts at shortstop. Soto, a right-handed hitter, was 2-for-6 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored in the weekend series, which was at Dodger Stadium.

At 31, after 10 years in the minors, Soto was the fifth-oldest Angel to make his major league debut.

Soto was originally drafted and signed by the Cubs in the 15th round in 2010 out of Creighton, where he was teammates with future Dodgers Pat Venditte and Darin Ruf. Soto has played parts of five seasons in Triple-A with the Cubs, Marlins, and Rockies before joining the Angels in 2020. He’s played mostly shortstop, starting 625 minor league games at the position, but has also started 92 games at second base and 41 games at third base.

Alex Freedman, play-by-play announcer for Triple-A Oklahoma City, vouched for Soto’s defense.

Soto joins a group of non-roster invitees signed to minor league deals in the past week or so, along with Brandon Morrow, Jimmy Nelson, Brock Stewart, James Pazos, Carlos Asuaje, and Tim Federowicz.

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