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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.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.