The Cubs are not only the frontrunners for Jorge Soler, it now appears they have come to an agreement with the 19-year-old Cuban outfielder and are expected to sign him when his pending free agency becomes official.
Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune cites reports
out of the Dominican Republic, where Soler is currently staying after defecting from Cuba.
Paperwork is holding Soler's free agent status up, as the outfielder is still waiting for clearance from the MLB.
Yoenis Cespedes, the top Cuban prize this offseason, signed with the Oakland Athletics earlier on Monday
. The Cubs inked Gerardo Concepcion, the consensus No. 3 ranked Cuban prospect of the offseason, to a deal a week-and-a-half ago.
Soler's deal is for a reported $27.5 million for three or four years.
That is very curious considering he is likely a couple years away from having an impact on the MLB team. Cespedes' deal was worth just $36 million over four years, and he's 26 and should be ready to be an everyday player for the A's big league club by midseason.
Obviously, nothing is set in stone with Soler until pen actually hits paper. There's no telling exactly how long the clearance will take from the league, but it should only be a matter of days.