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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:16 pm 
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In the first of what many assume will be a series of blows this offseason to the narrative that Huntsville will remain at the periphery of the playoff picture next season, veteran ace Luis Soto has agreed to remain with his new team for his age 37 season at 11.5M. "It just made sense - for both sides", Huntsville's GM was heard remarking. "Coming off his elbow injury, the market was going to be tough for Luis - especially if he comes back and doesn't seem like his old self early on in private workouts. This way, he gets some extra guaranteed money in his pocket, and we get a potential #2 to slot comfortably behind Peithner next year". Soto, in the inverse, was not able to be reached for comment - either officially or unofficially - as he was still out of the state working on his rehab. Reports suggest; however, that things have been going well and the 14 year vet is confident he hasn't lost a step yet.

For his part, Soto has been a bit of an ageless wonder when he is on the field - posting 3.02, 3.63, 3.14 and 3.87 FIPs the last 4 years; however, the act of being on the field has, instead, been his issue. In the past 4 seasons (all with Madison), the long time hurler has lost roughly 1.5 seasons worth of starts due to injury. In Huntsville, he won't be asked to "be the man" with the aforementioned Peithner still working on cementing himself as one of the game's bright young stars, so perhaps losing ~10 games next year to expected injury won't be such a big deal. Behind Soto, the current rotation projects to have two more youngsters (like Peithner) in Nicto and Tong, so the steadying presence of the veteran Soto could be just as valuable as his actual on-field contributions.

The rest of the offseason, of course, has not begun yet, so there are still questions remaining on how else the Phantoms will use their excess cap space to attempt to compete next season. That said, even after the Soto extension, the team still projects for a player payroll under 60M (once Sanchez's team option is declined - a veritable guarantee), leaving them 50M to play with on the market. As Huntsville's GM was overheard saying, "it's a no risk signing - only 1 year on the books, and we already have more cap space free than we could possibly know what to do with."

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:43 pm 
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Nice signing. Hard to go wrong with a 1-season deal on a guy like that.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:56 pm 
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Helps the fan interest I bet...

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:05 pm 
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I really hate to admit how much I like kyles moves since he’s been back

He obviously went away to watch me from afar and learn how to do things right


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