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Jorge Soler Becomes A Free Agent, But Pirates Unlikely To Be Involved

Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is now a free agent, and although there are still some legal obstacles, it doesn't sound like it'll be long before he signs somewhere. He'll likely sign before the new rules regarding Latin American bonuses go into effect next month.

Rob Biertempfel writes that the Pirates aren't expected to be real players here:

Cuban OF Jorge Soler, who now officially is a free agent, was on #Pirates radar last winter but the team wasn't as high on him as it was on Yoenis Cespedes (who got 4yr, $36M contract from #A's). Cubs, Phillies, Rangers are among those said to be interested in Soler and bidding probably will get crazy. That means that, once again, Pirates will likely be spectators rather than competitive bidders.

Soler has been pretty closely connected with the Cubs, in particular, and Baseball America notes rumblings that he already has a deal in place with some team.

Anyway, take all that for what it's worth. The Pirates have certainly been competitive in Latin America recently, but they probably aren't going to consistently be in the market for Cuban players, who tend to be a lot more expensive than guys from the Dominican, or Venezuela, or elsewhere in Latin America.