The 30-year-old Baxter rejoins the Cubs after being optioned to Iowa yesterday. He first had his contract selected on May 19 and has batted .111 (1-for-9) with a walk in 10 games with the Cubs. Baxter is a career .222 hitter (82-for-369) with four home runs and 26 RBI in 208 major league games covering parts of five seasons with the San Diego Padres (2010), New York Mets (2011-13), Los Angeles Dodgers (2014) and the Cubs (2015). He has played 86 big league games in right field, 40 games in left field and one game in both center field and at first base.
The left-handed hitting Baxter has batted .290 (29-for-100) with four doubles, eight RBI and a .377 on-base percentage in 34 games with Iowa this year, playing 27 games at first base and eight games in left field. He saw his most extensive big league action in 2012 with the Mets when he hit .263 (47-for-179) with 14 doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI in 89 games. Baxter spent most of last season in Triple-A in the Dodgers chain, batting .289 (119-for-412) in 119 games with Albuquerque, and also played in four games with Los Angeles at the big league level.
Soler, 23, is batting .265 (50-for-189) with 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 19 RBI in 49 games with the Cubs this season. He leads all National League rookies with 50 hits.