The deadline to bid on the 20-year-old, Cuban, free agent, outfielder Jorge Soler imposed by his agent was Thursday and with practically half of baseball involved the Yankees were among the most aggressive bidders, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Olney listed the Cubs, the Braves, and the Dodgers as the other aggressive bidders along with the Yankees. He said that the next round of bids for Soler are due this weekend. Hopefully the Yankees will do what it takes to land him.
The Yankees are trying to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014 and Soler could help them do that. While it’s pure speculation, rumors suggest that a deal will be in the four-year, $20 million range. At that price the Yankees could have an outfielder on the roster earning just $5 million a year and it would help them avoid a more expensive veteran, free agent alternative.