Monday, June 11, 2012

Jorge Soler Is NOT A Yankee

Yesterday I had a little fun with those Yankees fans that want the team to trade for an outfielder, but in Jorge Soler's case I was hoping the Yankees would sign the Cuban defector. When I read Mike Axisa, from River Ave Blues, say that Soler was looking at a 4 year deal worth around $20 million, I was all in. Not that $5 million a season wouldn't be a lot for a 20 year-old, but I'm not sure the team has anybody from within that could take over for either Nick Swisher or Curtis Granderson (at least when either man's current contract is over with).

I figured the team may need to bring back Nick Swisher, who could probably be re-signed for a 3 year deal worth like $12 million a season (Josh Willingham, who is fairly similar to Swish offensively, signed a 3 year deal worth $21 million this last offseason), since Soler wouldn't be ready to go in 2013. I could have seen Jorge taking over for Granderson after the 2013 season (Soler would be 22 at that point), but now the Yankees have to think again.

Earlier today Jon Heyman tweeted that Jorge Soler had agreed to a deal with the Chicago Cubs, for 9 years and $30 million. Yep, you read that right... 9 years. That's a long time for Prince Fielder, let alone a 20 year-old that's never played pro ball outside of Cuba. So although I would have liked the Yankees to acquire Soler, I'm just fine with backing off that many years.

Some time in the future I'm going to look at the future Yankees, and try and see what they'd have to do to get to a payroll of $189 million in 2014.

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