6/11 Soler power
The Cubs have apparently won the bidding war for Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, according to reports Monday. Sources have confirmed to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that Soler’s agents accepted the Cubs bid of a nine-year, $30 million deal. The Cubs would not comment on the reports. The 20-year-old outfielder was declared a free agent last week. He needed to sign by July 2 or be subjected to new CBA guidelines that will limit spending on international prospects. He must pass a physical before signing with the team.
Soler is not going to help the Cubs this year. He will need time in the Minor Leagues to develop. But he could be part of a core group of young talent that will propel the Cubs into the postseason consistently, joining Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Brett Jackson.
— Carrie Muskat