While the Oakland Athletics recently signed Yoenis Cespedes for $36 million, he's not the only major young outfielder coming out of Cuba this offseason. 19-year-old Jorge Soler is also commanding major interest from numerous teams, and MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Chicago White Sox are among those teams.
According to Sanchez, Soler recently worked out with the Toronto Blue Jays, while the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and White Sox have also shown interest. He still hasn't been declared a free agent by MLB as he awaits residency in the Dominican Republic, and even then he still must be cleared by the U.S. Foreign Assets Control before he can actually sign.
Teams consider Soler to be a major young prospect, though, one that has legitimate five-tool potential once he develops. Expect the price to be significant, well over the $10 million that the Blue Jays spent in 2010 to sign Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.