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Phillies and Yankees want Cuban Jorge Soler

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While Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes (pictured) got a lot of attention this offseason for his potentially mighty bat, visit with the Miami Marlins and eventual signing with the Oakland Athletics, there is another young fellow from Cuba who has been occupying some space in the minds of a few of baseball's general managers.

While Jorge Soler can't be offered a contract yet since he hasn't been cleared by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that teams have surreptitiously let it be known what they're willing to pay.

The word was that the Chicago Cubs want to sign the 19-year-old outfielder for four years and $27.5 million, Passan notes, but since he can't actually sign just yet, other teams are still calling on him. Two of those teams, according to two sources to Passan, are the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees.

It is unpredictable when Soler will hit free agency, Passan notes; it could be next week or next month. But when he does, Passan predicts the offers will be for six and seven years rather than four.

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