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Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler works out for Blue Jays

Feb 15, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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Rumors that the Cubs already had a deal in place for Jorge Soler proved inaccurate and now Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the 19-year-old outfielder worked out for the Blue Jays this morning at their complex in the Dominican Republic.

According to Sanchez, general manager Alex Anthopoulos was there along with several other members of Toronto’s front office, and they also worked out three other Cuban players.

Sanchez notes that the Blue Jays signed Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for $10 million in 2010, but Soler is slated to have a similar workout for the Orioles this weekend. His cloudy visa status means that Soler can’t sign yet anyway, but it sounds like his market is picking up following fellow Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes‘ four-year, $36 million deal with the A’s.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Since I thought that signing him would have been a good move by the Cubs, I have to say that signing him would be a great move by the Jays if the price was right.

    • larryboodry - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      As a Cubs fan, I still hope he signs with them, but if Toronto gets him, I will wish him well there.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      too bad they wont be signing him, as usual the jays are just wasting everyone’s time and are never a serious player. stick wtih signing more 40+ washed up players, at least they will sign with anyone

  2. tone360 - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Toronto will just train him to be a good Yankee. Go to the Cubs.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Toronto makes more sense for a Cuban. He can go home to visit his family anytime he wants without running afoul of all our stupid travel restrictions.

    • bringin1234 - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      lol, gator, hes a defector. He cant go back to Cuba to visit his family.

  4. randygnyc - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    If Toronto is going to train him to be a “good” Yankee, than he should just sign with the Yankees and they’ll train him to be GREAT.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      It would seem someone on the Yankees may have been paying attention when you said that:

      @JeffPassan Follow
      8:51 PM – 15 Feb
      No surprise, but the two teams in hardest on Jorge Soler right now are the Yankees and Phillies, two sources say. This will get expensive.

  5. randygnyc - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    7yrs @ 28 million. Future right fielder in the Bronx.

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