No, not Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to sign for at least $50 million. Instead the Yankees may be targeting another Cuban outfielder, Jorge Soler.
When ESPN’s Kevin Goldstein was asked who he thought Soler would end up with he suggested that the Yankees have shown the most interest in the 19-year-old.
Soler has gotten very little attention compared to his compatriot, however John Manuel of Baseball America described him as a 6-foot-3, 205-pound, five-tool player with “explosive power” and an “above-average arm.” T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com said he has “more offensive upside than Cespedes.” At 19 though he would probably spend at least 2-3 years in the minors before he reaches the bigs.
Nationals GM Frank Rizzo has gone on record suggesting that Soler would cost at least the same $15.5 million that the Rangers needed to land fellow Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin last May. That may seem like a lot, but the new CBA is going to severly limit the amount the Yankees are allowed to spend on IFA’s starting in July so they could go big here to make up for that.