CHICAGO (AP) Jorge Soler provides formally joined up with the actual Chicago Cubs , signing a new nine-year, $30 million deal that might make the particular 20-year-old Cuban outfielder an essential little bit of the particular team's long run while it rebuilds under team president Theo Epstein.
''We think he gives a lot of possibilities energy for us,'' basic administrator Jed Hoyer said Saturday around announcing the actual deal. ''We scouted your ex boyfriend heavily. It's certainly a large commitment for us although we all think such as this individual matches throughout well having what we're wanting to do. He's the right age, the proper expertise and we've been psyched to be able to last but not least receive your pet started out here.''
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Soler will commence around perfect arena all of which at first are accountable to your team's minor league service throughout Mesa, Ariz., to clear up and acquire ready for games. Hoyer could not project how far search for take Soler to be ready with the majors.
''Let's find him or her into games first. But he's 20 a long time aged and also we could actually satisfied while using looks we've got throughout games. One thing his agencies have a superior career of, some people put the pup in the lots of adventures decrease in the Dominican,'' Hoyer said. ''They allow him have fun with from a large amount of video games and they performed and so we live for sure that's a new harbinger with beneficial things, however it truly is hard to make sure till this individual gets into games.''
Soler batted .304 throughout seven adventures through 2010 World Junior Championships, assisting Cuba to your bronze medal.
''He includes massive power and it is difficult to acquire power inside present day game and that is a major component to precisely why we could prepared help make in which sort of investment is that it's hard to find power,'' Hoyer said. ''He's only a huge gentleman together with bat pace in addition to has generally made plenty of power.''
Earlier this year, the Cubs authorized Cuban left-hander Geraldo Concepcion, who's now pitching with Class A. The Oakland Athletics produced a major sprinkle by way of placing your signature to another Cuban outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes, that will a four-year, $36 million 2 year contract inside February. And on Friday that Los Angeles Dodgers authorized Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig into a seven-year, $42 million deal.
Hoyer stated this approach could be to deliver Soler down slowly.
''We're not really visiting aim to speed your ex throughout the minors. There is definitely no explanation to perform that. He's got to establish themself for instance any one otherwise in this system,'' he said.
''I believe we will need to do a very excellent occupation with directed at his or her assimilation. For virtually any person approaching from Cuba it is a whole lot different and we have to recognize that,'' Hoyer added. ''Professional baseball can be tricky for virtually every player, aside from another person which is from a not the same culture.''