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A’s “have strong interest” in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

Dec 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Oakland has been parting with big-league talent all offseason, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s “have strong interest” in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler.

According to Slusser the A’s also like fellow Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, but because he’s 26 years old and out of their price range they’ve focused on Soler instead.

Slusser speculates that bidding for Soler could top $20 million, so he certainly won’t be cheap. Last year fellow Cuban defector Leonys Martin got $15.5 million from the Rangers and as long as Soler signs before the new collective bargaining agreement kicks in there are no limits on spending.

Soler is a 6-foot-3, power-hitting outfielder who’ll likely end up in right field and Jim Callis of Baseball America described him as “a 19-year-old athlete with five-tool potential.” And according to Callis he likely would have been a top-five pick in the 2010 draft had he been eligible.

  1. dondada10 - Dec 28, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    20 mil is pretty steep for any top 5 pick. And wasn’t Martin older and more of a sure thing? I’m pretty sure he’s penciled in the be the Rangers starting center fielder.

    • Tick - Dec 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      20 mil is extremely steep when you consider the fact that the A’s will dump him if he turns into a successful player.

    • seanmk - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      how exaclty is 20 million steep? that’s 20 million for 6 years basically, for a guy that could be worth a lot more.

  2. clydeserra - Dec 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Is it just me that is tired of hearing players described as “Five tool?”

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 28, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      Is it just me that is tired of hearing players described as “Five tool?”

      As opposed to hearing some jerk players called just plain tools?

    • JBerardi - Dec 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      Not really. Why?

  3. hcf95688 - Dec 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    As an A’s fan I hope this happens. Throw a load of cash at him and be sure to show him the rrenderings of Cisco Field’s hitter-friendly dimensions. He’s exactly the type of player the team should be targeting.

  4. humanexcrement - Dec 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    For the disparity in money, Soler is probably the better investment. Cespedes is probably major-league ready or close to it, but he’s going to get easily 3 times what Soler gets. The A’s are smart for doing this. And I think Billy Beane is going to have a pretty nice team of prospects. If they move to San Jose, in a stadium where you can actually hit, with a roster crammed with prospects, you could be looking at the next Rays. Not to mention the fact that they’d almost certainly have a much higher budget in Silicon Valley. I’m looking forward to this.

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