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Cuban free agent Jorge Soler wants all bids by Thursday

Jun 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Now that Cuban defector Jorge Soler has finally been declared a free agent his representatives have asked all interested teams to submit bids by this Thursday, according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago.

Levine reports that the price for Soler is expected to exceed $25 million and timing the bidding war for him during the same week as the MLB draft should make things very interesting, as the buzz on the 20-year-old outfielder is that he’d definitely be a top-10 pick if eligible for the draft and might have gone as high as the top three.

Why would Soler’s agents want the bidding to take place immediately and at the same time as the MLB draft? Well, for one thing they’ve already waited a long time for Soler to be declared a free agent. And perhaps most importantly he needs to sign by July 2 in order to avoid the new collective bargaining agreement’s revised rules on international prospect spending.

In other words, if he doesn’t sign within the next four weeks he can say goodbye to any thoughts of $25 million.

  1. jerryball22 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    And this is where the draft effs (American and PR-born) players – the average slot recommendation for a top 10 pick this year is $4.1M…which is just slightly more than what Jamey Carroll got on the open market this past offseason. Good job MLB.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Puerto Ricans are Americans. Folks tend to forget that.

  2. eaglesfan723 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Get this guy signed Phillies.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I would rather bid on that Mongolian tyrannosaur skeleton.

    • goawaydog - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Oh come on Old Gator, you sure you would not want to see a Cuban defector and (slobbering) Ozzie on the same bench?

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