When the Major League Baseball trade deadline arrived Friday at 3 p.m., it appeared designated hitter/outfielder Jorge Soler would be finishing the season with the Royals.
But minutes after the deadline, came word that a deal had been struck before the cutoff time and Soler was headed to the Atlanta Braves.
Soler set a Royals single-season record with 48 home runs in the 2019 season, and that also led the majors that year.
In two games with Atlanta, Soler has a .571 average (4 for 7) with a walk and one RBI.
Over the weekend, Soler posted an Instagram message about his time with the Royals since he was acquired in a trade with the Cubs on Dec. 7, 2016 (Chicago received Wade Davis in the deal).
“I came to Kansas City five years ago, creating a lifetime of memories and relationships that will always stay close to my heart,” Soler wrote. “My wife and I grew our family in Kansas City and the experience we’ve had has been incredible. I’d like to thank Dayton Moore for giving me the opportunity to be a Royal. This is such a special organization and I’ll miss you all.”