That’s a New One: Phillies a Finalist for Cuban Outfield Prospect Jorge Soler

Posted by Frank Klose

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Courtesy mlblogs.com

First it was Danys Baez… then Jose Contreras… now Jorge Soler?

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Phillies and Yankees are "finalists" for the services of Cuban defector Jorge Soler.

The Chicago Tribune report that the Cubs were close to signing Soler is reportedly inaccurate.

The report does help provide insight into what Soler can do for a club:  Soler is 6 foot 3 inches tall and considered to have "five tool potential".   Soler is 19 years old and his tools are considered "raw"

The Phillies have in their history Cuban defectors Danys Baez and Jose Contreras, but do not have a history of signing Cuban defectors.  

What would it cost to sign him?  "$27.5 million for three or four years", the report says the Cubs were going to spend, maybe one indicator of his price.  Unless a clause is included to delcare him a free agent upon completion, he would be under team control for six.