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Yankees, Phillies going hard after Cuban OF Jorge Soler

Feb 15, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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With Yoenis Cespedes officially signed and sealed by Oakland, the market for fellow Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is really beginning to heat up. And two early front-running suitors have been identified.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the teams “in hardest on” the 19-year-old Soler at this time are the Yankees and Phillies. The Blue Jays had a private workout in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday morning with Soler and the Orioles are scheduled to meet with him Sunday. The Red Sox, Cubs and White Sox have also been linked.

Soler has yet to establish residency in the Dominican and must do so before being granted free agency by Major League Baseball. But it appears the courting process is already well underway. He won’t top Cespedes’ four-year, $36 million deal in total value, but Soler does seem likely to beat him in length.

  1. randygnyc - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    7 years at 28 million. COME ON CASHMAN!!! Swisher is gone next year. We need a right fielder of the future.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Soler is 19 and will not be ready next year.

  2. mojosmagic - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Go for it Ruben! The farm is heavy on great pitching but short on position players.

  3. randygnyc - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    I’m aware of that. Im thinking of a one year stop gap for the 2013 season, having soler ready for ’14. That’s why a 7 year deal makes sense for this young guy.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:01 AM

      Josh Hamilton will in all likelihood become a free agent after this season unless the Rangers sign him BEFORE spring training to an extension. Which right now looks extremely unlikely. My guess is 4 years/$65MM +/- should be enough to get a deal done next year. He could be pretty high up on the Yankees radar in spite of his issue(s).

      • Kevin S. - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:04 AM

        Highly, highly doubt it. If the Yanks want to get under the $189 million threshold in 2014 AND extend Cano/Granderson (probably each getting close to $20 million/year), they certainly can’t be throwing that type of money after other FA.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

        Kevin, that’s the thing I don’t think the Yankees extend Granderson. Cano yes, but not Granderson in my mind. The Yankees have a team option on Granderson for the 2013 he will be 32 just prior to that season starting. Granderson will be 33 prior to when the 2014 season starts and his contract is up. I do NOT see the Yankees offering him a big contract or a long one at 33 years of age to play CF.

        I can see the Yankees giving Slade Heathcott (prospect) one of the outfield positions if necessary for 1 year as a tryout. If he works out that’s great if not by the 2015 season Mason Williams will be ready for the big league club and he will be given a shot. If they don’t go with Heathcott for the 2014 season I see them trading for a less expensive younger OF’er than Granderson for the 2014 season. BTW, I think Heathcott will be a very good OF’er/option for the Yankees.

        In my opinion IF the Yankees are intent on getting to or below the Luxury Tax Threshold for 2014 there are 3 players that they can NOT afford (Swisher, Martin and Granderson).

        Those are just my opinions of course.

  4. drewzducks - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Mr. Burnett, meet Mr. Castro, Mr. Castro, meet Mr. Burnett

    • dondada10 - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:19 AM

      So you’re suggesting trading Burnett for a Cuban defector? I don’t know if MLB would sign-off on an inter-league, inter-nation, Tran-embargo trade like that considering Burnett’s salary.

  5. buffalomafia - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Is this guy even a proven player?

  6. kinggw - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Just like with Fielder, Pujols and Cespedes the team you don’t read about is the team you should expect to sign Soler. So he’s not going to end up in Philly or NY. Look for him to end up in DC.

  7. craigbhill - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    If it takes a while for Soler to establish Dominican residency, it should not surprise anyone, especially the Phils, if the Dodgers’ new deep-pocket ownership snaps this kid up. iow, grab him before the new owners can be installed. They’ll need to increase local tv ratings the McCourt Era lowered in order to fatten up the new Yankee-sized tv contract by next off-season, which means they’ll be picking off players up for grabs this season.

    No more free ride for you, Philadelphia, your window of free-spending domination in the National League is about to close.

    • macjacmccoy - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:01 AM

      Havent you heard Phillies thinking about getting there own TV Network in the next few years once the Comcast contract runs out in 2015. AKA a Cash Printing Machine like the Red Sox Yankees and Packers (with their ability to sell stock) have. Plus they got something no other team has Philadelphia fans. You know the ones that fill there teams stadium more then any other team, even the teams that have 10x as many fans ahahmNYY,NYM,LADaheen,. The same ones that force other teams to make ticket selling policies to try to keep us out of Citzen Bank Park South.

      Point is dont worry about Phillies money, its there and it aint going no where. You know why because I dont know 1 Phillies fan who would say no if the team said listen we wanna extend Hamels but the money isnt there. The only way we can do it is if we raise ticket prices $10 a piece.

    • macjacmccoy - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:03 AM

      o yea by the way when the Phillies smacked around the Dodgers in the 2008 2009 NLCS the Phillies werent the ones with the big bank out.

      • macjacmccoy - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:05 AM


      • protius - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        Macjac, how are things in the fifth grade?

      • macjacmccoy - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:12 AM

        not great, the teacher trying to force me to stop eating glue, but just taste so damn good

      • protius - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:00 AM


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