Soler Expected To Agree To Deal Before Tomorrow

2:15 pm: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports the Soler decision could come within the next 24-36 hours, according to executives interested in the Cuban outfielder.  Heyman has been told final bids are due today.

10:19 am: Outfielder Jorge Soler is expected to agree on a four-year deal before tomorrow, an industry source told George A. King III and Mike Puma of the New York Post.  Meanwhile, the representative for Soler is calling to ask teams if their bids are final, sources tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com (via Twitter).

The Yankees, Cubs, Braves, and Dodgers have been among the most aggressive teams in their pursuit of Soler, according to Olney.  The Yankees are said to have bid heavy on Soler while other teams view the Cubs as the favorite, Olney tweets.  King III and Puma note that the Yankees don’t have a Plan B if they lose Nick Swisher in free agency and Soler would certainly cost less than chasing Josh Hamilton.

Plenty of other teams have been linked to Soler, including the Astros, Pirates, Indians, Red Sox, Phillies, and Blue Jays.  The Mets and Marlins, meanwhile, aren't pursuing the outfielder.


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scott brecht
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t think anybody expects Soler to be major league ready for at least another 2 years.  Not sure what the Yankees are expecting

3 years 2 months ago

well if it is atleast 2 years they can always bring back jones for another year. plus they can always find someone in FA cheap for a year until the kid is ready. and who cares anyway getting younger is the plan and thats what they need to do.

3 years 2 months ago

Would be nice to see the Yanks get a bit younger and flex the spending muscle.  I guess we will see by tomorrow.  GO YANKS!

3 years 2 months ago

Don’t really buy the Soler as Swisher’s replacement idea either. I don’t think anyone expects him to be ready to take a Major League job right away but then again a lot of people thought Cespedes would take a year of seasoning before he made the Majors and he’s done pretty well thus far considering.

3 years 2 months ago

I don’t buy it either, but I think we need an infusion of youth.  We have seen it time and time again where young players get called up and jolts the team.  Could Soler be that for us next year, possibly…never know.  But given how the Yankees operate, they will probably get some cheap older bat to play right and wait another year on Soler :P.

slider32
3 years 2 months ago

Soler fits right in with the 2014 cap for the Yanks, I think they take their best shot at him.

Charliesmithm
3 years 2 months ago

Brewers

NYBravosFan10
3 years 2 months ago

Come on Bravos, do it up!!!

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

Tomorrow will be a good day for the Cubs. I say 4 years at $8 million a year. Be in the majors in a year.

dylanp5030
3 years 2 months ago

Pretty sure about 15 teams would double that offer for him.

3 years 2 months ago

 Read it again. He said 4 years AT 8 million a year. So in total he is saying 32 million.

Motor_City_Bombshell
3 years 2 months ago

15 teams would offer $16MM AAV for an unproven commodity? Even Cespedes didn’t warrant that. Your logic is flawed.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

I would go as far as 4 years $10 million a year for him. That is about the top amount on a 4 year deal.

NorthSideIrish
3 years 2 months ago

Soler is 20 and hasn’t played much competitive baseball the past year. He will also be adapting to a new country and a longer baseball season. I think a 2014 late season call up is more realistic. Makes sense for a rebuilding team like the Cubs, but not for a team looking to have him in the majors soon. Still think the Dodgers new ownership makes a splash.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

The possible quick strike of Lin signing by Boston now makes sense for 2m.. especially if Soler signing gets absurd.. As in 25-30m range…

I hope Boston passes up if it is in that area also and 4-5 years.

$22264602
3 years 2 months ago

They would sill have control of the player even after the 4 year contract do they not? Sort of like Hechavarria with the Jays?

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Yes. It’s the large amount of money (if 25-30m) His probably requiring extended MiLB time and Boston doesn’t really have a pressing need.. CC, Ells, Bradley a couple years away to throw that much money at another 20YO Cuban project.

They gave 20YO Iglesias 8m a couple years ago and his defense is well past ready to help the team, but with his bat it is another question and could see a team possibly giving this Soler kid 20-25m if they are desperate for help, but not if a team has options already available is my reasoning.

ukJaysfan
3 years 2 months ago

Yes they have normal control over the player.  Hechavarria’s 4 year major league contract only means that while he’s working in the minors, he’s burning options.  The Jays still have control for 6 years once he makes the majors.  The only caveat is, that the player makes arbitration salaries off of higher values.  Where a normal player would make 450k (ish) annualy through year 3, a player like Soler will make a higher salary going forward, so his first arbitration year would be decided off of a salary of like 3-7 million.

grabarkewitz
3 years 2 months ago

Would not be shocked if Kasten made a big splash for the Dodgers on Soler.  The scary thought is that it might take a four year – $40 million dollar deal to get Soler and that is a lot of money to give a guy who has not played competitively in nearly a year. 

$22264602
3 years 2 months ago

He’ll get max 25.

dieharddodgerfan
3 years 2 months ago

 If Soler Soler is getting $25-$30 mill over 4 yrs, then I do think the Dodgers have a chance to be the winning bidder.

Dodgers need to restock the farm system and Soler would be a quick way to add a real toolsy piece to the system.

imachainsaw
3 years 2 months ago

if we wish hard enough for our team to sign him it’ll come true!!

no. let’s just wait til they announce the signing.

rathman53
3 years 2 months ago

Not mentioned in the recent bidding. Maybe the A’s surprise again?

3 years 2 months ago

I think he goes to the Astros. Sounds like a good start! Correa/Soler. I hope miraculously that he ends up with the Mariners since they didn’t go after Darvish and want hitting for the future.

baseball52
3 years 2 months ago

I fully expect the Cubs to give him some absurd offer.

slyfox1908
3 years 2 months ago

I expect the Cubs to give him a big, reasonable offer, like 4/$32. I expect some small-market team like the Pirates to give him the absurd, 5/$45 offer.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

The Yankees will offer the biggest ( if not the Dodgers ) around 4 years and $50 million but he will go with the Cubs for 4 years $40 million.  

sports33
3 years 2 months ago

Why on earth would he not sign with the Yankees or the Dodgers if they offered him the most money?

Mike Adamson
3 years 2 months ago

As A Pirate fan I feel like those expectations aren’t happening!!! As if the Pirates have any history of spending huge on international players.

Jay212033
3 years 2 months ago

Please be the Braves PLEASE!!!

baseball52
3 years 2 months ago

But, he’s not from Georgia.

ukJaysfan
3 years 2 months ago

If I could like that comment another 3 or 4 times I would….

rundmc1981
3 years 2 months ago

Neither was Salcedo.

3 years 2 months ago

Yanks 5 yrs 25 mil a year.  ” Soler agrees to a contract of 5 yrs @ 30 million a year to play for the nationals ” <<<< wouldnt that just be ironic. nats are getting better, and they make a big signing for a player to play longside of Harper and Werth and they move morse to 1B haha.

vtadave
3 years 2 months ago

How would the Nats signing Soler be “ironic”?

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 2 months ago

Maybe the irony here is that he clearly has no clue what irony is.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

I love how the Yankees are going after him because he will cost less than Josh.  DUH!!!!  He will also produce less than Josh!  Josh is going to be 4 years $100 million and give you .330/25/100 ave/hr/rbi.  Soler is at least one year in the minors if not two.  

NYPOTENCE
3 years 2 months ago

Yes, but Soler is much younger and has tremendous upside. Plus, the Yankees are already one of the heavyweights in Baseball and really don’t need offense at the moment. Could change though.

Snoochies8
3 years 2 months ago

After signing Cespedes, I’m 95% sure the A’s won’t be in it. Would be cool though, but probably won’t happen.

3 years 2 months ago

To me, Soler would have made a lot more sense for Oakland than Cespedes did.

AmericanMovieFan
3 years 2 months ago

This is the first I’ve heard implying the Yankees’ plan A is to re-sign Swisher. People have been saying they’d let him walk and then deal with re-signing Granderson after next year’s option on him expires. I’d take 3-4 more years of Swisher over Hamilton or Soler any day. Soler will take too long to develop on that size of a contract and Hamilton is a threat to become an albatross at any moment.

Swisher for 3 years/$45MM w/ a club option!

3 years 2 months ago

The only way Hamilton’s contract becomes an albatross is if it’s for over 5 or 6 years. The team that offers 7+ will regret it if he takes it.

radicalhenri
3 years 2 months ago

 and that’s exactly what I expect him to get. After an MVP season like this? he has a very good chance of getting 7+

3 years 2 months ago

Watch it be a completely random team like the Twins or the Mariners who sign him

3 years 2 months ago

Well, the A’s did get Cespedes.

radicalhenri
3 years 2 months ago

it would actually be a good sign for the mariners, they can’t lure FA hitters to their stadium, so why not try for a young guy. They need power desperately, and this kid has got it.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

From Ken Rosenthal “One exec’s view of Soler bidding is that Theo won’t allow #Cubs to lose. New restrictions on draft and int’l spending do not apply to Soler.”

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 I wonder how much Epstein will help the Cubs with draft restrictions in place now.. not able to spend 10m+ each year IOW..

He hasn’t had time to rebuild the cubs scouting dept for sure and next season the lessons learned by other teams to skirt the 1st season of the CBA rules will be applied by most every team that spends, hurting him again..

I just wonder how much success he actually has in Chicago anyway now. That new CBA was a huge blow to him and the Cubs, probably more than any other team around.