MLB Free Agency: Jorge Soler to the Cleveland Indians?

Paul Shaia@shaia333Contributor IIIMarch 21, 2012

Adding talent is a never ending job for major league general managers. Sometimes a talent comes around that is under the radar to many fans but is coveted by GM's. Today, that player is outfielder Jorge Soler.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported earlier this month that the Indians have a strong interest in the almost mythical outfielder. What he would mean to the Tribe is countless, but what are the chances he wears Chief Wahoo?

At 6-3, 225 pounds, Soler is an intimidating figure. Combine that with his skill set and now you have a star in the making.

At 19 years of age he is still a young commodity. His raw power and plate discipline is what has most baseball executives drooling over his up-coming defection from Cuba. Although there are rumors of his agreement to sign with the Chicago Cubs when he becomes available, other teams are not giving up.

That includes the Cleveland Indians.

Soler predominantly plays right field, but has been moved to all outfield positions and can occasionally play first base. If the reasons for why the Tribe would want this player isn't clear yet, well maybe you don't follow the Indians.Oh, and he bats from the right side of the plate.

Although Soler may be a risk at such a high price tag--the reported deal with Cubs is around $25M--his potential is unlimited.

If Soler is concerned about his move to America, maybe Chicago is not the best place; a smaller market like Cleveland would benefit the young man for the beginning portion of his career.

Baseball insiders believe he will play a portion of his first season in the minor leagues so he can become accustomed to major league talent and America in general. 

Now, what are the chances he comes to Cleveland?

Slim, but not zero.

The reported Cubs "offer" is 4yrs/$25M ($6.25M a year). Expensive, but with Cleveland's projected three year championship gap, Jorge Soler could be the missing piece for a team ranked 28th in payroll.

Jorge Soler's benefit to the Tribe is great. Although a risk, Soler would fill seats and help win games for the Tribe.

Division rival Detroit Tigers made a huge off-season signing in Prince Fielder, and the Tribe may need to step up their offer to Soler in order to contend. 

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