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Source: Soler, Cubs agree to deal

Source: Soler, Cubs agree to deal
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The Cubs have won the bidding for Cuban prospect Jorge Soler, coming to an agreement Monday on a guaranteed nine-year, $30 million contract with the young outfielder, according to an industry source.

The Cubs declined to comment.

Soler, 20, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound corner outfielder, was considered by many to be the next big Cuban prospect on the scene after outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who signed with Oakland earlier this year for $36 million over four years.

Soler, who was declared a free agent last week, was being courted by several teams, including the Yankees, Blue Jays, White Sox, Marlins, Phillies, Orioles and Red Sox.

The prospect has to sign with a Major League club before July 2 or be subjected to new Basic Agreement guidelines, which will limit spending on international prospects to $2.9 million per team without penalty.

Right-handed pitcher Armando Rivero, outfielders Henry Urrutia, Gerald Sanchez and teenage left-handed pitcher Omar Luis, who are all from Cuba, were also declared free agents with Soler and remain on the market.

The Cubs have won the bidding for Cuban prospect Jorge Soler, coming to an agreement Monday on a guaranteed nine-year, $30 million contract with the young outfielder, according to an industry source.

The Cubs declined to comment.

Soler, 20, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound corner outfielder, was considered by many to be the next big Cuban prospect on the scene after outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who signed with Oakland earlier this year for $36 million over four years.

Soler, who was declared a free agent last week, was being courted by several teams, including the Yankees, Blue Jays, White Sox, Marlins, Phillies, Orioles and Red Sox.

The prospect has to sign with a Major League club before July 2 or be subjected to new Basic Agreement guidelines, which will limit spending on international prospects to $2.9 million per team without penalty.

Right-handed pitcher Armando Rivero, outfielders Henry Urrutia, Gerald Sanchez and teenage left-handed pitcher Omar Luis, who are all from Cuba, were also declared free agents with Soler and remain on the market.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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