The Pittsburgh Pirates will be bidders for free agent outfielder Jorge Soler, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Since Soler officially hit the open market this weekend, the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs have been tied to the Cuban prospect.
I've confirmed #Pirates WILL be bidders for Soler, but will not budge over their pre-set value. Will not spend Cespedes-type $$$.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 4, 2012
While Biertempfel was able to confirm that the Pirates will bid on Soler, he adds that Pittsburgh will not budge over their pre-set value for the 20-year-old. Biertempfel notes that the Pirates will not spend Yoenis Cespedes-type money on Soler.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported this weekend that Soler was a free agent and eligible to sign with any club. The 6’3", 215 pound Soler defected to the Dominican Republic from Cuba in 2011, but it took him until this weekend to hit the free agent market.
Baseball scouts have raved about Soler’s power, which one source called "Mike Stanton-like". Soler’s tools and age make him a hot commodity, and his agent is reportedly already telling teams that he has a $25 million offer on the table for his client.