Cubs sign Cuban outfielder Soler

Northsiders Report Publisher
Posted Jun 11, 2012

The Cubs have signed 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The Cubs have made one of their biggest splashes in the Theo Epstein regime. Sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that Chicago has signed Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler to a nine-year, $30 million deal.

Soler, a 20-year-old, was not subject to new Major League Baseball restrictions on spending in the international market, and could be one of the last signings before the new rules take place.

The Cubs have long been in pursuit of the Cuban outfielder, and were considered the favorites to sign him. Soler officially became a free agent on June 2, and bids were due by each suitor on Sunday. There has been no official announcement made by the Cubs organization.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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