Olney: Yanks among teams most aggressively pursuing Jorge Soler

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Via Buster Olney, the Yankees are one of the four teams most aggressively pursuing 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. The Cubs, Dodgers, and Braves are also in the mix. The first round of bids were due this past Thursday and the second round is due this weekend. This isn’t a posting process similar to Japanese players, it’s just a straight submission of contract offers and counteroffers.

Soler was finally declared a free agent last week, but the Yankees had been connected to him long before that. The outfielder had been trying to establish residency in Haiti (not the Dominican Republic, where he lives now) according to Ben Badler, a red flag because of the country’s shoddy record keeping. Jerry Crasnick says MLB verified Soler’s residency before declaring him a free agent though, so it’s a non-issue. Soler has three weeks and two days to sign a contract before becoming subject to the spending restrictions implemented by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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  • Cano fan #1

    So if the yankees sign him he will be in the majors next year or not?

    • RetroRob

      Unknown. He’s not considered as advanced as Cespedes, although some believe he might have a higher ceiling. Considering he’s rusty, and half the minor league season is gone, and the Yankees would most likely start him on some A-level, I can’t see how he’d make up to the team by opening day next year. The Yankees don’t make those kind of risky bets.

      Maybe later 2013 if he blows through the minors.

      • jjyank

        This makes sense to me. They can always promote aggressively if he’s raking in the lower minors.

      • Ted Nelson

        Yeah, I think “unknown” is about the best way to put it.

    • Mike

      He’ll be 21 next year with maybe a partial season of professional experience. I think it’s a safe bet he won’t see the majors in 2013.

  • RetroRob

    Good to hear the Yankees are among the most aggressive bidders. They’ve been indifferent on the more recent big names. They usually get their man when they’re in heavy.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Really? Confirmation bias is telling me they’ve “struck out” on all of the guys they’ve been mentioned to. Cespedes, Hechevarria, to a lesser extent Chapman. They don’t really go after the high profile ones.

      But their international scouting department always gets shit done.

      • jjyank

        RetroRob says “They’ve been indifferent on the more recent big names.”

        Then you mention big names?

        The Yankees have definitely backed away from handing out huge deals to guys with no MLB experience, no argument there. But the Yankees were never really the most aggressive bidders with those guys, and if they ARE among the most aggressive bidders for Soler, that means they like him better and/or like his cost better.

      • RetroRob

        Your note starts out sounding like you’re disagreeing with me, but then you agree with me.

  • jjyank

    I’m all for it. I’ll never say no to a potential elite/very good (I don’t even really know) prospect. I hope the cost isn’t too ridiculous for him though, the Yankees have seemed to shy away from handing out glorified prospects huge deals.

    That being said, I’d love for Soler to don the pinstripes, based on what little we know so far.

  • Travis L.

    I’m waiting to hear if they are going after Omar Luis and Ruben Rivero (I think that’s his name, he is another free agent out of Cuba that they have been connected to). It would be nice to see them spend aggressively before July 2 and get as much talent in the system as possible.

    • Travis L.

      I think his name is Armando Rivero…my bad.

  • BK2ATL

    This is great news that we’re aggressive on this one. I truly hope we get Soler. Would be nice to pair him with Williams in our future OF.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Josh

    Yankees need to do this. Get this done. Cmon Yanks!!!

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    With the World Wide Draft coming soon, this may be the last time the Yankees can flex their financial muscle. They should go all out for Soler.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Flex their financial muscle internationally, I mean.

  • Bunt Gardner

    Can he jump over boxes? Is there an infomercial about him?

  • ansky

    At that point, who cares if he needs a year or more in the minors. The more seasoning the better

  • AC

    Does anyone know how this system of bids work ? Everyone who wants in submits a bid does Soler and his agent have to accept the highest bid? Let say Cubs had best offer can he still try to make a deal with a team that submitted a bid but was in middle of pack ?

    • jon

      hes a normal free agent

      the yankees could tell solars agent to bring us the higher number and we will beat it

  • YankeesJunkie

    It would be nice to see the Yankees land the guy especially since spending will be limited in a matter of weeks. Hopefully he could make the majors by 2014.

  • Frank

    Would be shocked if they sign him. For one, he’s been rumored to be a cub for months…legal or not. And second, when was the last time the Yankees blew everyone away and signed a prospect for 20MM+? Oh right, never.

    • RetroRob

      Kind of like Cespedes was rumored to be a Marlin for months, and then the team he wasn’t connected to at all, the A’s, signed him?

  • Fin

    Eh, I’ve read the scouting reports and hes raw, and not expecting to move through the system fast. The most complete report I read said at least 3 years in the minors. If the Yankees sign him I wouldnt think they are doing it with imediate help in mind.

  • Ted Nelson

    Everyone focuses on the IFA restrictions… But the restrictions I’m focused on are $189 million for 2014-5. If they really love him I’m all for the signing, but it’s a big risk if it’s a major league deal.