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Old 02-16-2018, 07:16 PM   #221
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17 November 2047
Magpies move Miller to Concord in exchange for Soto

Posted by Stefan Snorkling | Nov 17 | 11:52AM

The Concord Jackals have moved to strengthen their outfield and infield depth by acquiring elite defensive outfielder Bob Miller and infielders Dave Kelly and Floyd Tipton from the Magpies. In return, the Magpies have received 23–year-old outfielder Pedro Soto and veteran minor league catcher Elmer Fuller.

Concord finished just one game away from an Eastern League wildcard spot this season, and feel that Miller’s elite defense and contact hitting will significantly strengthen their outfield for another postseason charge. He struggled at the plate this season after returning from a lengthy spell on the disabled list, but the Jackals hope that a change of scene and full preseason will help him rediscover his best form.

Soto also had a disappointing year at the plate, his first full season in the SCL, hitting .206 with a .591 OPS. While he continues to develop, the Magpies will have him sharing time with Al Elliott in right field. Moving Miller saves a large contract, roughly $11m per year, from their under-pressure player payroll budget, and possibly allows GM Billy DePodesta some flexibility to make one or two free agent signings over the rest of the winter.
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