February 15, 2012
Cuban teen works out for Jays
By QMI Agency
Jorge Soler, the next big outfield prospect from Cuba, worked out Wednesday for general manager Alex Anthopoulos and other Toronto Blue Jays executives.
Soler, 19, and three other Cubans -- pitcher Armando Rivero, outfielder Henry Urrutia and left-hander Omar Luis -- strutted their stuff at the Jays complex in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic, an industry source told MLB.com.
Reports are false that the Chicago Cubs already have a $28-million deal with Soler, the source said.
The outfielder is expected to meet Sunday with the Baltimore Orioles, while the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies also are interested in signing him.
Soler is following a similar route to that taken by fellow Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who signed a four-year contract worth $36 million this week with the Oakland A's.
Soler needs to be approved for residency in the Dominican and cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department before he can sign a contract as a free agent.