Soler Power Offline, But Do We Get Cookies? (UPDATE: Yes to Cookies!)

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While last night’s game went from a convincing Chicago Cubs victory to a squeaker, the team did lose a key player in Jorge Soler, who will have an MRI on his left hamstring on Tuesday to determine what’s going on.

Intrepid Iowa reporter Tommy Birch kept his eye on the I-Cubs roster, as the Triple-A squad is the most logical place to find reinforcements should Jorge have to go to the DL.  My opinion is that since just about every infielder can play the outfield, but not the other way around, the Cubs are more likely to call up an infield backup (say, Munenori Kawasaki) than an outfielder.  The outfield options include former Cubs and Japanese League legend Matt Murton, Ryan Kalish (who was designated for assignment before accepting an outright to Iowa), and this guy…

That would be a legitimate cookie, as Albert Almora has been on our radar since he was Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s first draftee in 2012.  He’s still very young, and obviously very talented, and VERY hungry after he saw the other first rounders drafted after him get to the Show first.  I am very interested to see whether the Cubs will actually pull the trigger on this move, as it will start Almora’s service clock (but who cares), and create interesting options now that there are going to be five guys who can serviceably play center field in Almora, Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, Matt Szczur, and Javier Baez in a pinch.  Will they just put Almora in left for now, or will they let him play center and move Fowler to left, which would make for an insanely good defensive outfield?  I think they’ll do the former since Fowler has been primarily a center fielder his whole career, but the options right now are awesome.

Other than Kawasaki, none of these players are currently on the 40-man roster, but that’s OK because there are three spots open so the Cubs don’t have to do any major gymnastics to get a guy up to Chicago.  We’ll keep updating this as the news comes along.

 

Update: looks like Almora is the man if needed.

UPDATE 2: Teammate Dan Vogelbach broke the news!

https://twitter.com/DanielVogelbach/status/740191316253003777

^ Dan may have jumped the gun a bit, so stay tuned!

UPDATE 3: It’s about as official as it gets now, although Almora isn’t starting tonight.

 

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Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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