Cubs, Royals complete Soler-for-Davis deal

Jorge Soler (right) and Bijan Rademacher when the two outfielders played for the Peoria Chiefs in 2012. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Jorge Soler (No. 32) played for the Peoria Chiefs in 2012. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for closer Wade Davis on Wednesday.

The one-for-one deal involves two former Midwest League players.

Soler played 20 games for the 2012 Peoria Chiefs, batting .338 with 3 HR and 15 RBI. His departure leaves the Cubs with only two major-leaguers who played for the Chiefs: Javier Baez (.333 BA, 12 HR, 33 RBI, 20 SB in 57 games with the 2012 team) and Matt Szczur (.303 BA, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 17 SB in 72 games with the 2010-11 teams). 2012 was Peoria’s last season affiliated with the Cubs.

Davis pitched for the 2006 Southwest Michigan Devil Rays, going 7-12 with a 3.02 ERA, 165 strikeouts and 64 walks in 146 innings (27 starts). The Southwest Michigan Devil Rays left Battle Creek, Mich., after that season, and began play as the Los Angeles Dodgers-affiliated Great Lakes Loons in Midland, Mich., in 2007.

Rodney close to deal with D-backs

Relief pitcher Fernando Rodney reportedly is close to signing a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Rodney pitched for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2000, when he was a Detroit Tigers prospect. He went 6-4 with a 2.94 ERA, 56 strikeouts and 35 walks in 82.2 innings (22 games/10 starts).

Fernando Rodney pitched for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2000. (Photo courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps)

Fernando Rodney pitched in the Midwest League in 2000. (Photo courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps)

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