February 23, 2012; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (center), president Theo Epstein (left), and general manager Jed Hoyer (right) watch the inaugural match play bunting tournament during spring training at Fitch Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
The Chicago Cubs have signed Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler to a nine-year, $30 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Joel Sherman of The New York Post was the first to report the signing.
Heyman reports that at least "three or four teams," placed bids of at least $20 million for Soler.
It had been speculated by Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com that Soler’s contract would be for between $25 and $35 million. Heyman recently heard from an executive who thought the deal would fall in between $20 million and the $36 million contract Yoenis Cespedes received from the Oakland Athletics.
In recent weeks, roughly half the league was tied to Soler, including the Cubs, Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.