Bids need to be in by today (Thursday) for Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler and the Yankees are expected to be involved, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The Yankees definitely won’t be the only team involved though. The Cubs, Pirates, Indians, Red Sox, Phillies, Marlins, Blue Jays, Orioles, Rangers, and Astros are all expected to be involved and there will no doubt be other teams too. The Mets are one of the few teams that have denied interest.
Heyman said that the 20-year-old Soler isn’t expected to top the four-year, $36 million deal Yoenis Cespedes got from the Oakland Athletics, but it could get close. It just takes one owner to open up his checkbook and with so many teams involved in the bidding his price tag could get rather high.
Hopefully the Yankees will bid aggressively for Soler. With the new collective bargaining agreement putting a severe cap on spending on the international free agent market starting on July 2, 2012 this will be the last time the Yankees can really flex their financial muscle.
Soler wouldn’t be ready anytime soon though. The earliest he could contribute in the Bronx would be next year, but it is much more likely that he would start in 2014 or after.