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Marlins among teams interested in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

Nov 19, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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We’ve heard so much about viral sensation Yoenis Cespedes in the media this month that another talented Cuban outfielder is flying under the radar. However, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t generated plenty of buzz among MLB front-office types.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers and Cubs are among the teams who have expressed interest in 19-year-old outfielder Jorge Soler. Similar to Cespedes, Soler defected from Cuba and is currently working out for teams in the Dominican Republic. The Marlins and Rangers have already checked him out in person.

Soler isn’t anywhere close to major-league ready like Cespedes, but Frisaro heard from a scout that he boasts serious power potential and is only slightly smaller than Mike Stanton, who stands checks in at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. Oh boy. Imagine these two in the very same lineup someday. I can hear the nicknames already.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post wrote earlier this week that Soler is expected to receive a contract in the neighborhood of the three-year, $15.5 million deal the Rangers gave Cuban center fielder Leonys Martin earlier this year.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 19, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    DJ is just looking for an excuse to rub out noses in that hideous logo again. Typical California. Why don’t you just relax and enjoy the Santa Ana brushfire season or something?

    • Old Gator - Nov 19, 2011 at 1:50 PM

      Sigh. Our noses.

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  2. Lukehart80 - Nov 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Does a team gain an international free agents’ rights for 6 seasons, no matter the contract? I ask because otherwise I don’t understand why a team would sign a guy like this to a 3-year deal.

  3. theonlynolan - Nov 19, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    A team retains the rights to the player for 6 years so even after the 3 year contract ends the player is still under team control for an additional three years and would go through the arbitration process like any other 3-year veteran. That is, of course, unless another long term contract is worked out.

  4. thegonz13 - Nov 19, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Get Nevin Shapiro to lure him to the Marlins?

    • Old Gator - Nov 19, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      Yeah, teenagers are suckers for a boatload of poontang.

      Me too.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Soler power :)

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