According to a report from Joe Frisaro, “the Marlins position as frontrunner for Yoenis Cespedes appears to be getting stronger … and the buzz in the industry is Chicago is focused on 19-year old Cuban sensation Jorge Soler.”
The report from Frisaro was the second one on Sunday that indicated the Cubs have turned their attention to Jorge Soler. Kevin Goldstein reported earlier in the day that the Cubs “are making a very, very big play for Jorge Soler.”
Jorge Soler has not established residency in the Dominican Republic, which is the first step in being able to sign a contract with a team. Two sources have indicated to Frisaro that the “Cubs are believed to be willing to spend” $27.5 million on Jorge Soler, but the number of years is unknown at this point.
Rumors have suggested all off-season that the Cubs were focused on signing Gerardo Concepcion, Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler. The Cubs have reportedly signed Concepcion to a deal that could be worth as much as $8 million … with $7 million being guaranteed.
Reports since Thursday have suggested that the Marlins are focused on Yoenis Cespedes and have discussed a contract with the 26-year old outfielder in the $30 to $35 million range.
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