On Monday night, it seemed a forgone conclusion that the Chicago Cubs would sign 19 year old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler to a contract. However, rumours of the deal subsided when it was realized that Soler didn’t even have all of the paperwork finished that would allow him to sign a contract that didn’t violate international law.
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Soler and three other Cuban players worked out this morning for Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos and several members of the team’s front office at their complex in the Dominican Republic.
Sanchez mentions Adeiny Hechavarria as evidence of the Blue Jays willingness to invest in Cuban talent, and interestingly enough, the young shortstop is represented by the same agent as Soler. Don’t get too excited, Blue Jays fans, Soler has additional workouts scheduled with other teams, and it’s believed that approximately half of Major League Baseball is interested in acquiring the player who Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus would’ve ranked among the top 40 in his list of prospects for the coming year.
DJF has more details on Soler and how he would fit into the organization.