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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cubs make it official, sign [Jorge] Soler to nine-year deal

Glenn Braggs was so powerful, he once snapped his bat off at the handle following through on a swing. The ex-outfielder for Milwaukee and Cincinnati had plenty of upper body strength, enough to make his bat-breaking abilities a reality instead of an urban legend.

In terms of body type, Braggs was the name Cubs manager Dale Sveum came up with when asked about Jorge Soler, who the Cubs officially signed to a nine-year deal on Saturday.

“You can probably go on and on about the body type and everything like that, like a Glenn Braggs-type,” Sveum said. “You see his body and the size and that kind of strength at a young age, it’s pretty impressive. Hopefully it all translates into a huge, productive player at this level.”

Soler is years away from the major leagues, and general manager Jed Hoyer wouldn’t even estimate when the 20-year-old will begin playing in games in the Cubs’ minor league system. Soler will begin his journey with the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., as part of “his own version of spring training.” ...

“I won’t comp him out,” Hoyer said. “I think you’ll be really impressed when you see him physically. He’s a huge person, very big man. Right now, he moves really well. We’re going to start him out in right field. [He could] end up moving at some point ... because he is that big.”

Hardball Talk:
a… $30 million contract… [Soler] will have the ability to opt out of his contract once he qualifies for arbitration, but he will remain under team control. If he opts out of the deal, his salary will be determined by the arbitration process. As a result, Soler may end up making considerably more than $30 million. Of course, the Cubs probably won’t be too upset if he pans out and performs well enough to justify the raise.
The District Attorney Posted: June 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cuba, cubs, international, jorge soler, transactions

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   1. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: June 30, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4170229)
How much did Cespedes early success drive up the price?
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM (#4170246)
Wow, I thought he was good, but "Glenn Braggs" good? That's a lo to live up to.
   3. Martin Hemner Posted: June 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4170254)
I know Sveum played with Braggs, but if you want a muscular outfielder who debuted in 1986 and broke bats with his hands, there was this guy on the Royals that got baseball fans pretty excited for awhile.
   4. McCoy Posted: June 30, 2012 at 09:14 PM (#4170271)
Joe Randa?
   5. Brian C Posted: June 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM (#4170302)
I think he means Bill Pecota - it would explain a lot.
   6. Lars6788 Posted: July 01, 2012 at 12:37 AM (#4170359)
Got to be Mike Kingery right? Lasted all one season with the Royals...
   7. Martin Hemner Posted: July 01, 2012 at 06:52 AM (#4170422)
Mike Kingery only lasted one season with the Royals because he was traded to the Mariners as part of a package for Danny Tartabull. So in a sense, Mike Kingery was one of the most valuable Royals of the 1980s.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: July 01, 2012 at 06:34 PM (#4170857)
As long as he hits at least one Glenallen Hill roof-across-the-street HRs, the $30 M will have been worth it.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM (#4170861)
I had no idea David Cone could break bats with his hands.

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