Cubs call up outfield prospect Albert Almora

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Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reported on Tuesday morning that the Cubs have promoted outfield prospect Albert Almora from Triple-A Iowa. He’ll fill the roster spot of Jorge Soler, who strained his left hamstring during Monday’s game against the Phillies.

Almora, 22, was ranked the Cubs’ fifth-best prospect and the 80th-best prospect overall coming into the 2016 season by MLB Pipeline. With Iowa this season, Almora hit .318/.335/.444 with 18 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, 33 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases.

Though Soler was playing mostly every day, manager Joe Maddon has also used Matt Szczur and Kris Bryant in left field, so we’ll have to see exactly how Almora fits into the Cubs’ plans.

Cardinals sign pitcher Miles Mikolas to 3-year, $55.75M deal

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.

The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.

Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.

Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.

“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.