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The Yankees may get in on the Jorge Soler action

Feb 14, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

This morning we learned that the Cubs were going to sign Jorge Soler.  Apparently the fat lady hasn’t sung on that one yet:


After passing up on Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes, maybe the Yankees get in on the international free agent market after all.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    This is a signing if the Yankees do it I like. Come July these types of players will fall into the NEW CBA slotting system and it kind of defeats the Yankees “money” advantage. So while they have a free pass they might as well use it.

    • paperlions - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      I don’t think signing professional international players comes under the CBA caps, does it? Just spending on the draft and international amateur talent…right?

      • uyf1950 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        Not sure but I think you’re wrong.

      • paperlions - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        The caps do only apply to signing amateur talent, but I apparently was wrong about Soler already being a professional….I assumed that if he was 19, and was worth such a great signing bonus, that he already would have played professionally in Cuba….but he hasn’t/didn’t.

  2. larryboodry - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    The Yankees don’t need Soler, and the BoSox are extorting the Cubs for a ‘significant’ prospect or player to compensate for Theo Epstein getting out of Dodge, even though they could have just said no to the Cubs talking to him…A pox on both gluttonous AL East teams!

  3. yankeesgameday - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    With all this outfielder chatter with the Yanks lately I wonder if nick Swisher is on his way out?

    • uyf1950 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      If the Yankees really do intend to get under the 2014 luxury tax threshold then Swisher is gone as is Martin.

      • lardin - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

        They are both free agents after this season. I think Swisher will not be back. I am not sure about Martin. Next year, Martin, Molina and Montero are all free agents, but I believe the Yankees would like to hand the job to Romine next year, if hes ready. if hes not, i dont know what they will do. But to get under the luxury, Tax, after this season, Swisher, Martin, MO, Garcia, Kuroda, Soriano and Feliciano are all free agents. Burnett the year after that. If MO wants to pitch the Yankees will welcome him with open arms, What happens with Martin depends on Romine The others are gone. Garcia, Kuroda, Swisher Soriano and Feliciano adds up to about 40million dollars, That will definately free up space.

  4. crpls - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    paperlions: He’s not a professional.

  5. crpls - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Soler is at least 3 years away, how do the Yankees “not need him?” Any team could could use a player as promising as him.

    • larryboodry - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      The Yankees are in the hunt every year, they would have been better served going after Cespedes…The Cubs are in a rebuilding mode – nothing new, perhaps, but at least now with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer in charge, they are going about it the right way…Soler fits their plan perfectly, where not signing him hurts the Cubs more than it would hurt the Yankees if they don’t get him.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        they would have been better served going after Cespedes…

        Cespedes is “26” and still a few years away from the majors per guys like Kevin Goldstein and Keith Law, whereas Soler is only 19. Assume Cespedes takes two years to hit the pros, he’s already going to be 28 so you’ll get him for just his peak year or two and then his decline.

  6. crpls - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    lions: Cespedes is an amateur (but he’s above the age for the cap anyway); there is no professional baseball in Cuba.

  7. randygnyc - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Cespedes is making 9 million per year, so the A’s aren’t waiting 2 months, let alone 2 years for him to play in the bigs, even though developmentally, he might actually need that time to learn the game. Soled is a young kid who has a really high “upside” because he can afford to take his time coming up through the minors.

  8. crpls - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Cespedes is only months away according to scouts, KG and the like. Where are you getting years? And he’ll likely break camp with the A’s anyway.

  9. larryboodry - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    I’ve read that Cespedes is breaking camp with the A’s, and is projected to be a starter for them right away…I think I read it in a post on here, in fact…I’ll look it up.

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