UPDATE: Sources deemed inaccurate, find updated story here
The Chicago Cubs have quietly had a very good offseason. Though they passed up on the top-Cuban free agent Yoenis Cespedes, they added the talented pitcher Gerardo Concepcion earlier this month.
On Monday night, they went out and grabbed another future talent, and it has been reported by multiple sources that Jorge Soler is expected to join the Cubs organization in 2012.
Soler, a 19-year-old outfielder, was one of the top-three Cuban free agents of the offseason. He technically can't sign yet because he is waiting for clearance from the MLB, but as soon as he is declared a free agent he will sign with the Cubs.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the deal in place is for three or four years, and it is valued at $27.5 million. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training, but doesn't look to be ready for the majors just yet.
The Cubs have a mess of players in the outfield already, including David DeJesus, Alfonso Soriano, Tony Campana, Reed Johnson and Marlon Byrd.
Soler has a big 6'3", 200-pound frame and is projected to be a five-tool player. He is seven years younger than his Cuban counterpart, Yoenis Cespedes—but could be a better MLB player in the future.
As far as Cubs fans are concerned, the Epstein-Hoyer era of baseball has started out with a resounding bang.