MLB Free Agency: The New York Yankees Should Sign Jorge Soler
Last week, I wrote that the Chicago Cubs should sign Jorge Soler and Yoenis Cespedes. I stand by that claim but also think Soler would be a useful addition for the Yankees because he fills one of the few needs that the franchise will have in the near future.
Following their trade for young ace Michael Pineda, the Yankees' future rotation is set: C.C. Sabathia, Pineda, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, and Phil Hughes. Three are under 27 years old and the Yankees have young prospects Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos waiting in the wings.
The club is also set at first base with Mark Teixeira, third base with Alex Rodriguez, second with Robinson Cano, and center field with Curtis Granderson. Two developing catchers—Gaby Sanchez and Austin Romine—will soon vie for Russell Martin's job and if they don't keep Brett Gardner in left field then Slade Heathcott will be a viable replacement.
But what about right field? Who will replace Nick Swisher?
Soler will take a year or two to develop but he would fit that need nicely. He is only 19 years old and not major league ready but his potential is off the charts. Some scouts think Soler could become even better than fellow Cuban star and free agent Yoenis Cespedes and he has power, fielding range and athleticism that compare well to Colorado Rockies star Carlos Gonzalez. Since he will cost only $15-20 million which is far less than Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier will command in free agency in 2013, why not sign him?
So, while the Yankees don't need to make any more additions, Jorge Soler would be a smart signing for the future of the franchise.
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