Numerous rumors abound for Cuban defector, Jorge Soler, whose imminent free agency has seemingly sprung out of nowhere after fellow Cuban Yoennis Cespedes signed with the Oakland A's last week.
According to Ken Rosenthal, scouts suggest that Soler's 6'3", 205-pound frame and power are most comparable to the Miami Marlins' Mike Stanton, so with an ever-shrinking free-agency market, interest in Soler is understandably sky high.
The Yankees, Orioles, White Sox, Marlins, Phillies, Cubs and Blue Jays have all reportedly expressed interest in the 19-year-old outfielder, with the Cubs emerging as perhaps his most eager suitor—that is, they have spent the most time scouting him.
As Soler has yet to actually become a free agent, he and his agent would be wise not to commit themselves to a specific team before the actual bidding commences. But with spring training beginning in less than one week, they won't have too long to wait.
Until Soler can actually begin receiving offers from clubs, it's nearly impossible to predict who has the inside track on his signing. Strictly a gut feeling tells me the Blue Jays may pursue him most aggressively after whiffing on a number of high-profile, free-agent prizes this winter.
Soler may represent their last chance to snag an impact player before the season gets under way.