The Angels struck a deal Tuesday with 17-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Kevin Maitan, a onetime top prospect declared a free agent last month by
Maitan was considered the best player available in the 2016-2017 international class, and he received a $4.25-million bonus to sign with the
In 2017, Maitan depressed his value by hitting only .241 over 42 low-level minor league games. Still, he represents an injection of talent into an Angels' farm system that has long lacked potential-filled prospects.
The size of Maitan's latest signing bonus is not yet clear, though MLB.com reported a $2.2-million figure, which would require the Angels to dip into their international bonus pool for next season. They have only about $1.3 million in funds left for this international signing period, and they are hoping to give those dollars to Japanese pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani.
Ohtani is meeting with the Angels and six other major league teams this week. He must make a decision on his destination this month.