Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler has become a free agent, and will likely sign with a big-league team before the rules governing the signings of Latin American free agents change in early July.â†µ
Under general manager Neal Huntington, the Pirates have been active in signing Latin American talent, but don't expect them to be too involved here, Rob Biertempfel writes.â†µ
Cuban OF Jorge Soler, who now officially is a free agent, was on #Pirates radar last winter but the team wasn't as high on him as it was on Yoenis Cespedes (who got 4yr, $36M contract from #A's). Cubs, Phillies, Rangers are among those said to be interested in Soler and bidding probably will get crazy. That means that, once again, Pirates will likely be spectators rather than competitive bidders.â†µ
Soler has been closely connected with the Cubs, and Baseball America notes that there's been speculation that he already has negotiated a deal with some team or another (which he's not allowed to do, but hey), so it wouldn't be surprising if he were to sign with Chicago fairly soon.â†µ
Soler is a toolsy player with excellent power, but much about him remains unknown, and he's regarded as being very raw.â†µ
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