Sources: Phillies to add ex-Braves prospect Gutierrez – MLB.com

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are adding some catching talent to their farm system.

Sources confirmed Tuesday night that the Phillies and Abrahan Gutierrez agreed to a $550,000 bonus, which Baseball America first reported. Gutierrez, 18, is one of 13 former Braves prospects who became free agents last month when Major League Baseball penalized Atlanta for circumventing international signing rules from 2015-2017.

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Gutierrez hit .264 with one home run, 12 RBIs and a .676 OPS in 141 plate appearances this season with the rookie-level Braves. He originally signed with Atlanta for $3.53 million.

Before signing Gutierrez, the Phillies had about $900,000 remaining in their 2017-18 international signing bonus pool. But teams are free to use money in their 2018-19 pool money to sign the former Braves prospects if desired.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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