Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler left last night’s game with a hamstring injury. Soler, playing with the Tennessee Smokies in Double-A, doubled in his only at-bat against Pensacola last night before leaving. He underwent an MRI on Friday and the Cubs placed him on the seven-day minor league disabled list, Smokies play-by-play broadcaster Mick Gillispie tweets.
Soler was rated the #45 overall prospect entering the season by Baseball Prospectus. They rated him fourth-best in the Cubs’ system behind Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Alberto Almora.
This is not the first time Soler has been injured. He suffered a fractured fibula in mid-June last season. The Cubs, who signed the Cuban to a nine-year, $30 million contract in 2012, hope he can stay relatively healthy and make his Major League debut some time in 2015.
According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain has a deal with the Brewers. No confirmation or terms of the contract have been confirmed by the team yet.
Chamberlain, 31, had a promising resurgence in the Indians’ bullpen during 2016. He shaved his ERA down to a modest 2.25 mark over 20 innings with Cleveland, paired with an 8.1 SO/9 and less-than-stellar 5.0 BB/9 rate. Over a decade in the major leagues, the right-hander holds a career 3.81 ERA, 8.8 SO/9 and 3.7 BB/9 rate.
The veteran righty was released by the Indians in July after refusing re-assignment. He’s expected to compete for a major league role this spring.
After letting rumors of the deal percolate for the last week, the Athletics officially announced their two-year, $11 million contract with right-hander Santiago Casilla on Friday (and threw a little bit of shade at the Giants, too). As previously reported, the contract includes an extra $3 million in performance bonuses.
Casilla, 36, got his major league start with Oakland back in 2004, racking up a 5.11 ERA and four saves over six seasons in the A’s bullpen. After picking up a minor league deal with the Giants in 2010, the righty flitted in and out of the closing role with varying degrees of success. Notwithstanding a slight downturn in his production rate during the 2016 season, he earned 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA during the past seven years in San Francisco. Securing another closing role might be a little tougher across the Bay, however, with a bullpen that includes fellow closers Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull and Sean Doolittle.