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New York Yankees are Favorites to Land Cuban Outfielder Jorge Soler

December 4th, 2011 at 12:29 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

The New York Yankees are early favorites to sign Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, tweets Kevin Goldstein

When asked about where Soler would end up, Golstein listed the Yankees, Rangers, and Phillies, in that order. The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs have also shown interest in the young outfielder.

Soler is just 19 years old, but already has a powerful 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame. He is considered to be a five-tool player with a good combination of speed and power at the plate, with an above-average arm in the outfield. 

Some scouts even believe he has more upside than Yoenis Cespedes, the 26 year-old Cuban outfielder who is garnering a lot of attention from Major League teams, including the Yankees. 

Soler is two or three years away from being ready for the majors, so teams looking for immediate help will most likely go after Cespedes instead. However, the price tags are much different. Cespedes is expected to bring in around $30-50 million while Soler is expected to get somewhere around $15 million. 

The Yankees could use Soler to eventually replace current right fielder Nick Swisher at some point in the future. Swisher has one year remaining in New York and will be a free agent after the 2012 season. 

Tags: Baseball, Jorge Soler, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher, Yoenis Cespedes

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