Mike Puma and George King III of the New York Post pass along this big-time update on the status of a particular unsigned Cuban defector:
According to an industry source, free agent outfielder Jorge Soler is expected to agree on a four-year deal before tomorrow.
Meaning negotiations are currently underway.
The Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers and Braves have been tied most frequently (and most recently) to the promising 20-year-old outfielder. While the Orioles, Phillies and White Sox have also been linked. Soler is expected to get at least $25 million guaranteed.
Baseball America described Soler recently as “one of Cuba’s up-and-coming young power hitters as a star on Cuba’s national junior circuit and on the junior national team.” He is a raw but intriguing talent.
Following the Mets’ recent signing of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that fellow first baseman Dominic Smith is likely to start the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. That is contingent, of course, on the veteran Gonzalez’s ability to remain healthy, which isn’t a guarantee.
Smith, 22, struggled last season, batting .198/.262/.395 in 183 plate appearances. The Mets have also expressed concern about Smith’s conditioning. Puma reported in November that as a result of better dietary choices and a daily exercise regimen, Smith had already lost 11-12 pounds.
Gonzalez, 35, didn’t exactly have a stellar 2017 campaign. Along with battling back issues, Gonzalez hit .242/.287/.355 in 252 PA. That the Mets’ Plan A is to go with Gonzalez over Smith says something about their confidence in Smith.