Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Jorge Soler a Yankee?

It's not somebody that could step into RF next season, but I do like hearing that the Yankees could still take advantage of the rules surrounding International Free Agents.

2:18pm: The Yankees have serious interest in Soler, ESPN.com's Buster Olney tweets.

12:33pm: Many teams remain involved in the bidding for 19-year-old Cuban prospect Jorge Soler, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). The Cubs have been extensively linked to the outfielder, but they’re not the only club involved.

The Yankees are in on the bidding, tweets David Kaplan of CSN Chicago, and Heyman suggests the Marlins could be involved. Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald hears that “a good number” of teams have interest (Twitter link). Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectusexplained yesterday that Soler would rank 38th or 39th on his list of top prospects.

As long as the contract the Yankees would give Soler doesn't reach the reported 4 year, $27.5 million, that the Cubs were willing to offer (sorry, can't remember where I read that originally, so I can't link to it) then I'm happy about this. You can see from my last piece on going after Cole Hamels, it would require the team to let Granderson go, and one of Mason Williams or Jorge Soler could be his heir in CF (or LF with Gardner moving to CF).

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