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A more reasonable international alternative?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 12, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

By now you’ve heard all about Yoenis Cespedes, the YouTube sensation who became a household name almost overnight because of his bizarre scouting video and intense internet hype. And of courses you know Yu Darvish, the Japanese starter that was posted last week and might be the best pitcher available this winter.

But Cespedes and Darvish aren’t the only international players who who could land high-dollar contracts this offseason.

Another Cuban outfielder, Jorge Soler, isn’t nearly as hyped as Cespedes, but he’s younger — only 19 years old — and could be an impact player in the future. According to Baseball America:

Six-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Soler has explosive bat speed and power potential. He also has plus speed and arm strength and profiles as a classic right fielder, though he runs well enough to play center. Because of his youth, he’ll need some time to develop, but he should be worth the wait.

Given the Yankees current outfield needs — with much greater need for an affordable bench player than a high-dollar starter — would Soler make sense as an offseason target? The Yankees system is fairly thin in the outfield corners, and Soler would certainly fill that hole with a potentially impact bat.

Given the new CBA international spending restrictions that come into play next year, Soler is a name worth knowing (even without the YouTube hype).

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