By now you've heard the news that the Chicago Cubs have signed Cuban defector/outfielder Jorge Soler to a nine-year, $30 million deal. Smarter, more educated, better-connected men will be able to break down the value of the toolsy Cuban. (By the way, if anybody ever called me toolsy, their left eye would experience my hit tool firsthand.) But I prefer to look at today as a seminal moment for Cubs fans, a group that seems to be observing the simultaneous destruction/reconstruction of its baseball team with all the patience and understanding of a just-unfrozen Brendan Fraser in Encino Man.
It is time for your Come-to-Jesus moment, Wrigleyville: There is no fast-forward button on suck.
Soler represents yet another step in the process, and a great one, of the as-yet unfinished rebuilding of Mt. Wrigley. According to scouts, he would have been a top-five pick were he in this year's draft. He also represents the last of MLB's uncapped international signings for the foreseeable future what with the new CBA rules that kick in on July 2nd. Along with Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs now arguably have three top 50 prospects in their farm system, along with some solid young depth built through the last two drafts. On all these fronts, the signing is a reason to celebrate.