The Kansas City Royals made it official acquiring outfielder Jorge Soler from the Chicago Cubs for right-handed pitcher Wade Davis.
Soler, 24, played in 86 games this past season with the Cubs, batting .238 with nine doubles, 12 homers and 31 RBI, however he hit .277 (39-for-141) with 10 homers, 25 RBI over his final 53 regular season contests. The right-handed hitting outfielder missed nearly two months of the year with a strained left hamstring, but hit .258 with seven homers and 18 RBI in 35 games after coming back in August. He reached base in a career-high 11-straight games around the injury, from June 2-August 12, batting .438 (14-for-32) in that span.
Kansas City… are you ready? I am! Can’t wait for Spring Training. Let’s do this Royals fans! #SolerPower
— Jorge Soler (@JorgeSoler68) December 7, 2016
Soler also had an outstanding 2015 Postseason, setting a Major League record by reaching in each of his first nine plate appearances in the National League Division Series vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. He went 9-for-19 (.474) with three doubles, three homers and six runs scored in his seven postseason contests in 2015. He also went 2-for-13 (.154) with a triple and three walks in the 2016 Postseason, helping the Cubs capture their first World Series title in 108 years.
He enjoyed a fantastic 2015 season, his first full year in the big leagues, batting .262 (96-for-366) with 18 doubles, 10 homers, 47 RBI and 39 runs scored in 101 games. Among National League rookies, he ranked ninth in walks (32) and tied for fifth with four outfield assists. Soler recorded his second career multi-homer game on April 13, 2015 vs. Cincinnati, his 30th Major League game, becoming the first Cub to collect two multi-homer contests in his first 30 games since Mandy Brooks in 1925.
Davis, 31, went 2-1 with 27 saves in 30 chances and a 1.87 ERA in 45 appearances for the Royals in 2016.