Epstein and the Cubs have reportedly landed Jorge Soler, a highly sought-after outfielder from Cuba, according to CBSSports.com. Soler and the Cubs have reportedly come to terms on a nine-year deal that is worth almost $30 million.
The 20-year-old outfielder is reportedly 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. Former Nationals general manager and current ESPN Radio analyst Jim Bowden tweeted this scouting report on Soler on Monday afternoon.
Cubs sign Jorge Soler RF…scouting report: 50 RUN,65 ARM 65 PWR 45 HIT 55 FLD…6-3 210….tool player…true RF Profile…hit tool the ?
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 11, 2012
To put those numbers in perspective, prospects are scouted on a 20-80 scale for those tools. A "50" is considered to be the major league average.
Despite his impressive size and skills, Soler isn't expected to be in the big leagues anytime soon, which is in contrast to another Cuban outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes, who signed with the A's this offseason.
The Red Sox were rumored to have some interest in Soler, but the race reportedly came down to the Cubs and Yankees.
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