Report: Red Sox Will Pursue Cuban Outfielder Jorge Soler

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March 12, 2012

The Red Sox ultimately decided not to overexert themselves in the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes. But they could be targeting another Cuban outfielder.

The Sox will pursue 20-year-old prospect Jorge Soler, according to WEEI.com's Alex Speier.

Soler is still awaiting approval by Major League Baseball to become an international amateur free agent. He is reportedly in the process of trying to gain residency in the Dominican Republic, and must do so before hitting free agency.

When he does finally become a free agent, the interest in the Cuban product is likely to be high, as he's considered an excellent prospect with plenty of power. Speier reports that Soler has 30-plus home run potential, although he's still considered very raw.

It was reported last month that the Red Sox were among a handful of teams interested in Soler, so the latest report simply confirms the notion that Boston will make a push for the talented outfielder.

However, Speier reports that most of the baseball industry — including the Red Sox — expects Soler to join Theo Epstein's Cubs.

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