Execs: Soler decision could come within '24 to 36 hours' from when bids were due Sunday
Top Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler may decide soon which big-dollar contract he'll sign.
Some interested teams are hearing that a decision on a team from top Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Soler could come within the next 24-36 hours. Final bids were due Sunday, according to several executives involved in the process.
The Cubs have been seen as a favorite for months. The Yankees are among several other teams bidding. Other teams connected to Soler have included the Astros, Red Sox, Orioles, Phillies, Blue Jays, Pirates, Dodgers and Braves.
Soler's camp requested bids last Thursday, and the interest is said to be high in the power-hitting rigthfielder who just turned 20. The best of Soler's many attributes is his tremendous power.
However, his timing may even better. Starting July 1, there will be a $2.9 million allotment for international signings in a calendar year.
"It's a perfect storm for Soler. He's the last bonus baby before the new CBA [rule] kicks in," one executive said.
One executive estimated Soler would get "between $20 million and Cespedes," referring to the A's signing of Yoenis Cespedes for $36 million over four years. However, Soler's timing may help him do even better. It helps Soler that Cespedes and fellow Cuban and Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman look like smart signings so far.
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