Rangers sign Jurickson Profar’s little brother

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Just days after calling up stud shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar for the stretch run the Rangers have signed his little brother, 16-year-old third baseman Juremi Profar.

Jurickson Profar signed with the Rangers out of Curacao for $1.55 million in 2009 and Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that Juremi Profar isn’t as highly touted, but adds that “like his older brother, Juremi was also a standout at the Little League World Series” and “has the size, hands and arm strength to play third base, while showing flashes of power in games from the right side.”

Badler’s article also includes video of Juremi Profar homering, in case Rangers fans want to start dreaming about a two-Profar infield in, say, 2017.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.