While any fears that you had about the Chicago Cubs’ deal with Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Soler (squeal) were both irrational and understandable, you can put them away.

Today, the Cubs will be finalizing their nine-year, $30 million deal with Soler. The formal announcement is expected later today when GM Jed Hoyer meets with the media. You can expect some quotes forthcoming.

Should you care to re-live the last eight months or so of build-up, here’s your chronology.

UPDATE: One small bit from Hoyer’s comments, Soler will head to Mesa, Arizona to work out in his version of “Spring Training.” Remember, Soler hasn’t played competitively in quite some time, and he’s adjusting to life in a new country, so this was expected. He might not be assigned to a team for several weeks, and that’s just fine.




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