Thursday, June 7, 2012
Report: Astros like Jorge Soler
ESPN.com news services
Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com on Thursday that his team is interested in signing Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, but he wouldn't say if it submitted a bid for the free agent.
Soler, a projected right fielder with five-tool potential, according to scouting sources, was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball earlier this week.
Soler's agents, Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, gave clubs a deadline of Thursday to submit sealed bids with their best and final offers, sources previously told Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com.
"We continue to have interest in Soler and that's the most I can say right now," Luhnow told MLB.com. "We're aware of the process and if there's anything report, we will let you all know."
The Miami Marlins, meanwhile, did not put in a bid for Soler, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Soler has until July 2 to sign a contract under the previous collective bargaining agreement. Under those rules, teams can bid any amount they wish for a foreign player. After that date, the new rules will prohibit bids more than $2.9 million.
Information from ESPNChicago was used in this report.