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Report: Jorge Soler to sign with an organization by Monday

Jun 10, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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Mike Puma and George King III of the New York Post pass along this big-time update on the status of a particular unsigned Cuban defector:

According to an industry source, free agent outfielder Jorge Soler is expected to agree on a four-year deal before tomorrow.

Meaning negotiations are currently underway.

The Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers and Braves have been tied most frequently (and most recently) to the promising 20-year-old outfielder. While the Orioles, Phillies and White Sox have also been linked. Soler is expected to get at least $25 million guaranteed.

Baseball America described Soler recently as “one of Cuba’s up-and-coming young power hitters as a star on Cuba’s national junior circuit and on the junior national team.” He is a raw but intriguing talent.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Back here in Macondo, there are rumors in Leetle Havana that this guy is actually twelve years old and his father wants him back.

  2. natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    And one of a scouting director’s favorite things is raw but intriguing talent. The team that signs Soler better hope it doesn’t turn out to be Wily Mo Pena-type raw but intriguing talent.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    WIth Swisher due to depart next season, I can see the Yankees making a run.

    • chiadam - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      Just as long as they don’t expect him to be ready next season. There’s no way that happens. I guess the Cubs are still in the mix, but I’m not all that excited. None of us know anything about this kid. There’s just not a lot of footage of him playing. A handful of scouts have seen him, and that’s about it.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I hope the NY Post being in NY has some inside info that the Yankees are the front runners here in signing Soler. Time will tell.

  5. Walk - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Braves need an outfielder and chippers contract is coming off the books. They also saved money by trading lowe. They have a shot but not likely. They have proven in recent years that profit margin is their goal over winning. Maybe one day they can figure a deep playoff runs is profitable otherwise they are going to have to lose badly and braves value to plummet. That will be a good thing, it would be nice to have an owner that cares about on the field performance.

  6. randygnyc - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    My naive assessment is one where all MLB owners putt winning above excessive profits. Yes they should earn a living, but the teams revenues should be utilized in fielding championship talent. Always. The fans will reward this type of ownership.

  7. rico7207 - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    If he is made of glass like Cespedes then let the bum go. Cubans are to fragile for the MLB!

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