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Phillies acquire Asdrubal Cabrera from Mets

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The Phillies have acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets, the teams announced Friday. The Mets will receive right-handed prospect Franklyn Kilome in the exchange.

Cabrera, 32, has looked outstanding at the plate so far this season, slashing .277/.329/.488 with 18 home runs and an .817 OPS through 407 PA. It’s not yet clear where the Phillies plan to utilize him on the field, but a move to shortstop or third base seems most likely as he continues to move toward free agency at the end of the year. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, the team would prefer not to lock him into one position, but will likely rotate him among second base, short, and third base alongside Cesar Hernandez, Scott Kingery, and Maikel Franco instead.

Kilome, 23, ranked 10th in the Phillies’ system in both the preseason and midseason rankings from MLB Pipeline. While his plus-fastball and improving changeup have earned him high praise over his first full season at Double-A Reading, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the righty. He went 4-6 in 19 starts and finished his run in Double-A with a 4.24 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 through 102 innings in 2018.

Jorge Soler hits Royals’ first home run in nearly two weeks

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The 16-31, last place Royals had a power outage lasting nearly two weeks. Entering Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, Jorge Soler had hit the club’s most recent home run, a solo shot off of the Phillies’ Jake Arrieta in the sixth inning on May 10. That time frame spanned eight games.

Soler ended the home run drought, hitting a three-run round-tripper off of Michael Wacha to cap off a six-run third inning in the first game of the twin billing, staking the Royals to a 7-0 lead.

Soler, 27, is now batting .249/.303/.497 with 11 homers, 30 RBI, and 22 runs scored in 198 plate appearances on the season. He’s the only member of the Royals currently in double-digits in homers, though Hunter Dozier (nine) and Alex Gordon (eight) should soon join him.