Jorge Soler looking to sign a contract with Toronto Blue Jays – MLB News
Jorge Soler is recognised as the leading Cuban prospect after Yoenis Cespedes these days. Considering his agility and athleticism on the field, any Major League Baseball team would love to have him on their roster. According to sources, the outfielder is working hard to build an MVP Calibre career for him in MLB. Soler, who has agreed to sign a deal with Oakland Athletics a few days ago, has already started to train with Athletics’ coaching staff, according to sources.
The sources further added the Jays’ officials have plans to visit Soler in his home country. The Blue Jays have a history of giving contracts to Dominican Republic players. The club signed a four year $10 million deal with Adeiny Hechavarria in 2010. Now, signing of Soler suggests that the ownership has a definite plan.
Earlier, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Florida Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs had also shown interest in acquiring Soler. However, the player's agent was unable to finalise a deal with any of these clubs. Since Soler is not a US national, he will be looking for free agency. Although it is unclear when the outfielder will arrive in US, he has taken the first step towards becoming eligible for free agency.
Soler is expected to receive his Dominican Republic residency in the next few days. Major League Baseball will declare him a free agent after he has obtained his residency confirmation from the governing body. The left handed striker, however, must be cleared by the United States Treasury Department of Foreign Assets Control before signing a contract with the Blue Jays.
Athletics’ general manager Alex Anthopoulos is also very excited at having one of the best outfielders in his team. He has been watching Soler workout very closely along with outfielder Henry Urrutia, Cuban pitcher Armando Rivero and lefty thrower Omar Luis.
Earlier this week, the GM decided to offer Soler a contract, which he accepted generously. The 19-year-old will have an excellent opportunity to change the course of his career. He is healthy and strong. Staying out of controversies will be a challenge for him in the upcoming season.