PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 16: General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. of the Philadelphia Phillies watches batting practice before the Phillies taking on the San Francisco Giants in Game One of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 16 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Yoenis Cespedes was thought to be the big-ticket signing, but it may be Jorge Soler, the other Cuban defector, that gets the most interest from teams. Yesterday it was reported the Philadelphia Phillies, among other high-spending teams, were interested in the 19-year-old prospect, and the Phillies general manager confirmed the reports today.
Matt Gelb of Philly.com spoke with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. about the teenage prospect and the club's interest...
"Our scouts have seen him and we like him," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday. "It may come down to where he wants to play and, of course, the money."
In the same piece, Gelb also reports the Phillies "have remained in close contact with Soler and his agents since the young outfielder defected." The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs are two other teams that will also be in on Jorge Soler, according to reports. When the bidding will start is anyone's guess right now, since Soler hasn't been declared a free agent yet.