The Chicago Cubs missed out on Cuban outfield Yoenis Cespedes today when the 26-year old signed a four-year deal with the Oakland Athletics, but it appears the Northsiders are very close to signing the other big prize free agent in Cuba: 19-year old outfielder Jorge Soler.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting Soler will sign a three or four-year contract for around $27 million. The 6-foot-3, 200 lbs. outfield is thought to have five-tool potential.
Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein has been busy answering questions about Soler on Twitter for the last 10 minutes. Here's what we gleamed: Goldstein believes Soler with be the Cubs' No. 1 overall prospect. Goldstein also thinks Soler will be in the minors for about three years. Goldstein added that if Soler was in the 2011 MLB draft, he would have been a top 10 selection.
Earlier this offseason, the Cubs signed 19-year old Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion.
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