It looks like Wrigley Field just installed Soler.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal on Monday.
Terms of the deal were not released, but are believed to be between $25 million and $35 million.
Multiple media reports also reported the length of the contract is nine years for the power-hitting right fielder who just turned 20.
Not bad, as Soler’s timing not have been more perfect, as starting July 1, teams will be limited to $2.9 million per calendar year for international signings.
Bids for the defected Cuban national baseball star opened last Thursday, and the interest was off the charts with the Yankees, Braves and Dodgers were all in the running.
While this could be a good signing for the Cubs, its likely fans will not see Soler for at least two years, as he works his way through the minor-league ranks before hitting the majors.
I think this deal makes a lot of sense for the Cubs. They are clearly in the middle of a full-on rebuild, looking to compete a few years down the road.
Soler will make a nice addition to Chicago’s future offensive core of Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Brett Jackson.
And if it all goes as planned, the Cubbies may be competing for a pennant in 2014.