(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Cubs may have one of the worst records in the National League this season, but there is no doubt they are building for the future. According to Ken Rosenthal, the team has signed Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler.
The Cubs put in the winning bid on the 20-year old Soler, which was believed to be around $30 million. The other teams reportedly interested in his services were the Yankees, Braves, Dodgers, and Phillies among others.
Unlike fellow Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, who was signed by the Oakland Athletics during the offseason, Soler is more of project player. He is said to be a five-tool player, but will need more time to develop into a Major Leauge player. Soler stands in at 6-foot-3 and weighs 225 pounds. He is projected to be an everyday right fielder at the Major League level.
According to various reports, Soler’s deal with the Cubs is for nine years. He most recently worked out for several teams on Wednesday and had until July 2 to sign a contract tender under the previous collective bargaining agreement.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN