Cuban OF Jorge Soler is officially a free agent

Another highly touted Cuban outfielder is on the market

6/2/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Blog Photo - Cuban OF Jorge Soler is officially a free agentAfter a long flirting period with Major League Baseball, all the red tape has been cut and Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is officially a free agent.

He is said to be a monster prospect, and would go in the top 5-8 picks if he were draft eligible.

According to Baseball Prospectus back in February, Soler would have been listed as the 39th best prospect in all of baseball, if he were eligible at the time. That's ahead of Red Sox 3B Willi Middlebrooks, who's already raking at the Major League level, and Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo, who's tearing the cover off the ball at AAA.

Soler will probably be the subject of a pretty intense bidding war, with several teams already rumored to be in the mix.

So far, the Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, Astros, Phillies, and possibly other teams have shown interest. As the bidding continues, don't be surprised to see more teams enter the fray.

One key to Soler's free agency is that he basically HAS to sign a deal before July 2. If he signs before then, he's not subjected to any salary limitations whatsoever. If he waits until after then, he'll be subject to a $2.9M cap. According to Baseball America's Jim Callis, the penalties are light enough that teams might be willing to risk it anyway, but I'm sure we'll see him signed before July 2 just to be safe.
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6/3/12   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

and all at the ripe age of 43