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A’s Interested in Jorge Soler

December 28, 2011

The Athletics appear to have interest in Jorge Soler, a “five-tools” player from Cuba whom many consider to have a higher upside than fellow countryman Yoenis Cespedes. Soler is just 19 years old which fits much better into the A’s long-term rebuild plans as he would require additional minor-league finishing despite Baseball America labeling him as a Top 5 pick had he been in the 2010 draft. With the changing rules in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that limit spending on the international market ($2.9M) yet to take effect, this could be an opportunity for the A’s to sign an impact player and beat out other competitors which are currently rumored to be the Cubs, Nationals, Phillies, Rangers and Yankees. In that same Baseball America article listed earlier, Jim Callis writes,

“Soler is four years younger and more talented than Leonys Martin, another Cuban outfielder who signed a $15.6 million major league contract with the Rangers in April. Once Soler is cleared to sign with a major league team, he’s expected to top Martin’s deal.”

It seems like this would be a good deal for the A’s to pursue to add to what is already a rapidly replenished farm system. In that same Baseball America piece which is several weeks old another interesting thing of note is that Callis says that Jarrod Parker is a better prospect than both Sonny Gray and Michael Choice which is to me further confirmation that the Trevor Cahill trade was a necessary and good risk to take.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2011 12:22 pm

    The A’s should absolutely pay up for Soler. This is the kind of young player worth spending that type of money on. Instead of spending $20 mil on iffy free agent relievers or average veteran outfielders, bring in a high-upside kid who fits in the plans for the future. Beane needs to make sure he’s the high bidder even if it’s something he’d consider to be an overpayment.

    • December 28, 2011 12:54 pm

      Brad – You’re completely right. The A’s can’t convince players to play here, but a 19 year old can be swayed by the promise of dollars and shorter path to MLB. Need to get hitters with very high upside here and it is great because his maturation would presumably be consistent with the goal of competing in 2015.

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