Now that it’s been confirmed by Ken Rosenthal after being first reported by Joel Sherman (and subsequently confirmed by Jon Heyman and Bruce Miles), we can get excited about the Cubs signing the top available international prospect in quite some time.

While we await the contract terms, I suggest you allow yourself a good old fashioned SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(And if you need more info on Soler, here’s a good place to start.)

UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports that the signing amount is around $30 million, which, depending on the rest of the terms (you can assume it’s a big league deal – i.e., he goes on the 40-man), is just fine with me. It’s a ridiculous amount for a prospect, and will create unreasonable expectations, but them’s the breaks this year. It’s a fine deal, and the money was there to be spent. Ok, you can resume squealing.

UPDATE II: Well, this could get a little interesting. Heyman says it’s a nine-year deal for Soler, which suggests it will be of the kind where he’s guaranteed free agency at the end (like Cespedes). So the Cubs will have a few years of minor league time before they’re “losing” any control (normally, you get six years of big league control). Then again, if it’s for nine years and $30-something million with no arbitration years in there? That could be a freaking steal. I suspect there will be some escalators built in, based on what he “would get” in arbitration, if he gets that far in the bigs. Or, he might be able to opt out of his deal and opt into arbitration.

UPDATE III: It’s going to take some time for the final contract details to filter out, and our thoughts on how “good” the deal is for the Cubs could swing wildly. What won’t change, though, is the overall happiness about the signing. Soler will need time to adjust to the States, so I wouldn’t expect to see him with a team for a little while. When he does, he’ll probably spend most of his season at A-ball Peoria. As for when (if) we see him with the big team, don’t start dreaming of next year – 2014 should be your most optimistic thought.

UPDATE IV: Heyman says, definitively, that it’s nine years and $30 million. I refuse to believe it’s quite that simple. Either there are escalators or opt-outs built in, or that $30 million doesn’t quite cover all of the nine years of control Soler is giving the Cubs. The only other explanation for a contract like this? There was way too much hype, and Soler – while a great prospect – isn’t as great as we’ve been led to believe, even in light of the CBA changes. I tend to doubt that last one, since impartial scouting types have said he’s the real deal, but it’s possible.

UPDATE V: Keith Law has written that the deal indeed includes opt outs that would allow Soler, if he’s blown up after his first few years in the bigs, to opt out of whatever payments he’s due, and instead go through the normal arbitration process with the Cubs. If it plays out that way, he’ll make a whole lot more money – but, then again, the Cubs won’t be complaining, because they’ll have landed a star.

  • http://bleachernation.com lou brock lives

    Tyler Bremer Cubs 27th round pick – RHP from Baylor currently pitching in CWS vs. Arkansas. Has a 2 hitter going thru 7 inings – no walks – & has great control. Older 23 yrs. with a lot of experience at college level – looks like a good late round pick for CUBS

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke


  • Dan

    Meh, hope he’s not a bust. $30 million isn’t much for the Cubs but that takes away about 3.3 million per year. Good win for the Cubs. Lets hope he’s at least an everyday player.

    • GoldFinch

      Sveum s already working on the new “Platoon.”(LOL)

      • calicubsfan007

        Charlie Sheen gonna join the Cubs? lol

        • GoldFinch


          • calicubsfan007

            At least we could start “winning!” LOL

    • GoldFinch

      Nah! I don’t think is a bust at all. And I’m the “pessiimist”traumasist!

      • calicubsfan007

        At least didnt waste Cespedes money on him. Thats the win for me.

        • GoldFinch

          It’s a win for all brother! Now the only thing that could stop this….I’m not saying the word! I don’t want people to say I jinxed things. I’m stopping right there!

          • calicubsfan007

            Yeah, that could be bad. Lol

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    If the mlb finds that Jairo Beras is old enough to sign. Is there still anyway the cubs could talk to his agent and out bid the Rangers before the date of July 2nd? I know he already agreed to terms but could he still possibly sign with the cubs if they just outbid the rangers? That would just make my day if we stole a top talent like that away. When its July 2nd I want the cubs to go all out and get Gustavo Cabrera OF (Comp: Justin Upton, HUGE UPSIDE!), Luis Torrens 3rd (Generous Comp: David Wright, Will prob have to move to 2nd, has pop), Jose Mujica RHP (Comp: poor mans Felix Hernandez, which is still pretty good, strong arm), Ronny Carvajal OF (Comp: a less hyped Jorge Soler, Has big power, good arm, needs to work on contact, another really high upside guy, but is extremely raw), Jose Castillo LHP (He is a big boy at Height: 6’4″, Weight: 199 and still growing and going to fill out, throws hard, but just as any young pitcher needs to work on his mechanics. Always high upside on hard throwing lefties.) Also another intriguing guy is Jose Pujols. IF we could get 2 of these guys I would be thrilled, all talented with high upside but extremely raw. But the biggest prize is Gustavo Cabrera. He would have probably went top 10 in the draft if he qualified. He’s the guy I really want but some crazy team will prob go balls out in trying to sign him and take penalties for next year international signing period, and the cubs definitely won’t risk next year when they’ll have a lot more money then other teams because we would have one of the worst records. Let me know who you guys want to see the Cubs get.

    • GoldFinch

      I’m not sure what you are asking?

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        The guys that I was talking about are all international players that can’t sign till july 2nd because of age restrictions. These are all international free agents. most of these guys are 16-18 years old and most are from Venezuela, DR, some Cuban defectors, and even asian players fall into international free agents.

    • cubchymyst

      Jose Castillo the LHP would be nice to grab

      • GoldFinch


      • GoldFinch

        The catcher from the Pirates? Oh wait, he plays 2nd and 3rd now.

        • cubchymyst

          He is one of the players Serious Cubs Fan mentioned above, it is a list of latin america players that are going to available this summer.

          • GoldFinch

            Never heard of him, sorry.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think the only way the Cubs could get back into it with Beras is if he’s ruled ineligible for the previous signing period, and then has to wait until the next signing period (after July 2) to sign. Given his relationship with the Rangers, and the restrictions that kick in, I’m thinking no matter what, he winds up with the Rangers.

  • CityCub

    Is there any update on the Almora signing situation? Or is he still playing boras’ tune?

    • GoldFinch

      Personal opinion?

    • GoldFinch

      Boras has no tune! Almora is a Cub. Money talks, BS walks!

      • CityCub

        Saying his main focus is his scholarship to Miami, is not only the biggest line of someone trying to get paid, it’s also boras in his ear telling him to say it

        • GoldFinch

          Boras would not do that!(LOL) Almora signs with the up an coming Cubs!

  • cubsin

    Based on the strength of our hitting prospects / weakness of our pitching prospects and their draft philosophy of pitching, pitching and more pitching following the selection of Almora, I expect the Cubs will target the hardest-throwing pitchers they can find with any reasonable chance of developing. I’ll be shocked if they spend more than half of their IFA budget on hitters.

  • CUB5

    I haven’t been this excited about right field since Hawk.

    • Leroy K

      Sosa didn’t excite you? LOL

      • LWeb23

        Nah, who would find 66 HR’s exciting?

      • CUB5

        Nah, I never liked him and wasn’t surprised that he was a big juicer. Glad that era is over. Hopefully he’ll be “patiently waiting his induction to the HOF” for a VERY long time.

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