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Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Dodgers bidding on Jorge Soler

Jun 8, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

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Buster Olney reports that the first round of bidding on Cuban free agent Jorge Soler are in — his agent wanted bids by yesterday — and that the Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Dodgers have been the most aggressive.

The Cubs are not surprising given that they’ve been whispered about having strong interest in Soler and, in some cases, have been whispered about already having a handshake deal with the guy, though the Cubs vehemently denied it. There’s talk that the Red Sox, Pirates, Orioles, Phillies, and White Sox are in on him too.

Soler has to sign a deal by July 2 or else he comes under the purview of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement’s limitation on international signings.  Assuming he does that he could be looking at a $25 million deal.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Look for Jon Heyman to report the Yankees are odds on favorites followed by a mystery team to be named later..

  2. davebrownspiral - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Similar to the Hiroki Kuroda signing following the success of Dice-K (Dice-K was actually good for a while) here comes the Cashman/Yankees obligatory knee-jerk signing based on the success of Chapman and Cespedes.

    • davebrownspiral - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Kei Igawa..not Kuroda

      • CliffC - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Even fixed, this makes no sense. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      I think you meant the Rangers knee jerk reaction to signing Yu Darvish for over $100MM. Who it now appears the ML clubs and players are catching up to. Look for Darvish to be Dice K reincarnate, maybe a 2 year wonder, maybe.

  3. gostros19 - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    The Astros website says they are going after him as well..how does this work if all bids were in Thursday? Is it possible they are surprise bidders that you dont know about?

  4. whatthehellisansky - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    What are the chances this kid could replace swisher in 2013? What what ive heard, Solger needs time in the minors. If he can be ready by next year I could see the yanks signing him and letting swisher walk to help get under than $189 million luxury tax number..

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