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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Cubs, Jorge Soler reach deal

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Just two days before the deadline for international signings, the Chicago Cubs finally got the signature of Cuba's Jorge Soler on his nine-year, $30 million contract.

As of Monday, the maximum that can be given out for international signings is $2.9 million per terms of the newest collective bargaining agreement. Soler's deal, which was agreed upon earlier this month, would have been null and void if it wasn't signed by Sunday.

Was there fear the process wouldn't be completed in time?

"Fear is probably too strong of a word but I think we're glad to get it done," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We only had a couple days to spare here. We're glad to get it finalized. I think his agents worked really hard on his residency. I don't think we even know all the details of what they went through to get him a work authorization, to get him residency. But they did a good job and got him signed in time."

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