Jorge Soler unlikely to play again this season

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Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday that highly-touted outfield prospect Jorge Soler is unlikely to play in another game this season for High-A Daytona because he still has a long way to go in his recovery from a fractured left fibula.

Daytona’s regular season schedule ends September 1 and Soler is not doing any baseball activities.

The 21-year-old Cuban defector hit .281/.343/.467 with eight home runs, five steals and 35 RBI in 55 games this summer in the Florida State League and has batted .288/.353/.465 with 13 homers, 17 steals and 60 RBI in 89 total minor league games since signing a nine-year, $30 million contract last June.

Soler could participate in the Arizona Fall League this October if he is feeling up to it.

Red Sox re-sign Mitch Moreland to two-year deal

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The Red Sox have re-signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract, the club announced on Monday. According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the total value of the deal is $13 million and Moreland can earn more through performance incentives.

Moreland, 32, hit .246/.326/.443 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI in 576 plate appearances with the Red Sox in 2017. With Moreland back in the fold, the Red Sox are out of the running for free agent Eric Hosmer.

While Moreland doesn’t have the best bat among first basemen, he plays good defense. His return also means the Red Sox can safely stow Hanley Ramirez back in the DH role.