NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees talks with Yankee general manager Brian Cashman during batting practice prior to the game against the Chicago White Sox on April 30, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The most aggressive teams in the Jorge Soler sweepstakes are the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Buster Olney of ESPN. Olney adds that the next round of bidding for Soler is due this weekend. Beyond the teams mentioned above, the Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians appear to have some interest in Soler.
Sources: Next round of bids for Jorge Soler are due this weekend, and right now, the most aggressive teams are Cubs, Yankees, ATL, and LAD.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 8, 2012
This week, Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reported that the Cubs, Yankees, White Sox and Marlins were expected to be the highest bidders for Soler. It’s since been reported that the Marlins are no longer in the running.
Industry sources told Levine earlier this week that the bidding for Soler "will go somewhere between $25 and $35 million. Soon after Soler officially became a free agent, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported Soler’s agent has told teams he already had offers on the table for $25 million.