According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be bidders on Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. However, Biertempfel adds that the Pirates won't budge over their pre-set value, and won't spend Yoenis Cespedes money.
Cespedes signed a four year, $36 M deal with the Oakland Athletics over the off-season. Soler has drawn comparisons to Cespedes, with some saying his upside could be higher.
Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the going rate for his services are expected to be between $25-35 M, and that Soler wants all bids in by Thursday, June 7th. Levine says that the top bidders are expected to be the Cubs, White Sox, Yankees, and Marlins....
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