The Cubs announced the official signing of outfielder Jorge Soler on Saturday afternoon. The Cuban will receive $30 million over nine years and will report early next week to the club's facility in Mesa, Ariz.
“He provides a ton of power potential for us,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “We scouted him heavily and it obviously is a significant commitment for us.
Soler, just 20 years old, is listed at 6-3 and 205 pounds. Cubs manager Dale Sveum has seen video.
“You could probably go on and on about the body-type,” he said. “(Like ex-Brewer) Glenn Braggs, the body and size and that kind of strength at that young age. Pretty impressive.
“I hope it all translates into a huge production player at this level. “
Hoyer also said that talks with first-round draft choice Albert Almora are ongoing. The Cubs have until July 13 to sign him.