We heard earlier this week that Cuban free agent Jorge Soler wanted bids on his services in by Thursday. Several teams watched him work out on Wednesday, and then Thursday came and went with no news on bids.
Now we know why! Buster Olney:
The next rounds of bids are due on free agent outfielder Jorge Soler this weekend, according to sources.
The Cubs have invested the most time in getting to know Soler, but the Dodgers might be a wildcard, because of the team’s new ownership and commitment to the international market, according to sources.
It doesn’t say when this weekend, so if you are a fan of one of the teams involved, you’ll want to pay close attention. No matter when the bids do get in, there is one deadline that won’t change:
Soler has until July 2 to sign a contract under previous collective bargaining agreement. Under those rules, teams can bid any amount they wish for a foreign player. After that date, the new rules will prohibit bids more than $2.9 million.
Since the bids on Soler are rumored to be as much as $25 million to $35 million, you can bet that deadline will be adhered to.