A slow day after the plethora of signings and rumours in the AL yesterday, here are a few:
Ben Nicholson-Smith reports on Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler
-The Yankees have serious interest in Soler, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney tweets.
12:33pm: Many teams remain involved in the bidding for 19-year-old Cuban prospect Jorge Soler, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). The Cubs have been extensively linked to the outfielder, but they’re not the only club involved.
The Yankees are in on the bidding, tweets David Kaplan of CSN Chicago, and Heyman suggests the Marlins could be involved. Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald hears that “a good number” of teams have interest (Twitter link). Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus explained yesterday that Soler would rank 38th or 39th on his list of top prospects.
No word if the Blue Jays have their hat in the ring, they have been aggressive on the international signing front and were linked to Aroldis Chapman, Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes and have signed Cuban SS Adeiny Hechavarria and Venezuelan SP Adonys Cardona.
-AJ Burnett to the Pittsburg Pirates continues to be discussed.
-Tampa Bay extends manager Joe Maddon for three more years, he will earn $2MM per season.
-The Orioles and center fielder Adam Jones have avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced via press release. Jones will earn a base salary of $6.15MM with $50K in performance-based bonuses — $25K apiece for reaching 620 and 635 plate appearances, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.