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Blue Jays work out Cuban OF Jorge Soler

Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:16 pm
 
Alex AnthopoulosBy C. Trent Rosecrans

There had been a general consensus that 19-year-old Cuban Jorge Soler was going to sign with the Cubs -- and even one that suggested he had a deal in place -- but that may not be a done deal just yet. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports Soler worked out for Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and members of the team's front office at the tema's complex in the Dominican Republic.

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And it's not just the Blue Jays that are interested in Soler, as Sanchez adds the Orioles will visit with Soler on Sunday. CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports the Marlins are interested in Soler, while other reports say the Yankees, White Sox and Phillies may also be in the mix.

Unlike recent export Yoenis Cespedes, Soler has yet to establish residency in the Dominican Republic, but has applied. After establishing residency, Soler will need to be declared a free agent by Major League Baseball and be cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assts Control before he can sign a contract. Cespedes was declared a resident of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 24 and 19 days later he was cleared by the OFAC and signed a four-year, $36 million deal with Oakland.

Soler reportedly has above-average power and projects as either a corner outfielder or first baseman. A right-handed thrower and hitter, Soler is 6-foor-3, 205 pounds and there are some reports that have him running above-average times, others have him an average runner at best. In the end, he's 19 and has plenty of growing to do. Unlike Cespedes, whoever signs Soler won't expect him to contribute to the major league team anytime soon, but in the end, he could be even better than the 26-year-old Cespedes.

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Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:38 pm
 

Blue Jays work out Cuban OF Jorge Soler

I understand that he is only 19, so its not like they are looking for another istant impact outfielder, but that have so many already.
Bautista is the one guy for sure who is starting, but then behind that you have Thames, Rasmus, Davis and Francisco who you have battling for the other 2 spots. 
After that you still have Snider who has had experience in the majors, and Sierra who was good in AAA.
Finally, so many people have so much invested in Anthony Gose.
I get that it can't hurt to show some interest in the guy, but I just don't see the point especially when so many imports flop and when teams like New York and Philly are more likely to get him anyway



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:51 am
 

Blue Jays work out Cuban OF Jorge Soler

Brilliant comments....

They were a .500 team or better each of the last two years, but don't let that get in the way of solid cheerleading!

The Jays can hit with anyone.  They can field with most.  Their bullpen is hugely improved.  Their starting rotation is tragically bad.  Not mediocre, not okay, just bad.  Outside of Romero, you have Morrow who's 1st 5 years have been worse than AJ Burnett's and the Yankees can't give him away.  The rest of the starters have under 30 career wins and most have under .500 records. 

Going nowhere, but getting there really fast. 

Wise up.



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:00 am
 

Blue Jays work out Cuban OF Jorge Soler

GO JAYS!! This is the year we finally get over the .500 mark. Then we will start a consecutive winning season streak!



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:57 am
 

Blue Jays work out Cuban OF Jorge Soler

C'mon AA get this guy>> we must improve, and get a little winning attitude going in the TO area!!!


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