Alas, we have nothing new since last night. Here’s the “latest:”
Soler, according to one report, will be making $27.5 million with the Cubs for three or four years. He may have been courted by Cubs ownership and front-office officials while they were visiting their new Dominican academy earlier this month.
Like I said, I “may or may not” be excited. So far, Dave Van Dyke is the only one running with the story, but his report supposedly comes out of the Dominican Republic, so it appears to have more legs than just your run-of-the-mill-rumor-out-of-Wrigleyville “report.”
So who IS Jorge Soler? Here’s what ScoutingBook.com has to say:
A tall and lanky teenager who arrived in the DR in the winter of 2011, outfielder Jorge Soler is one of the most promising Cuban prospects in baseball today. He’s already shown off his tools in Dominica, and while he looks like a centerfielder right now, his size and young age make it quite possible he’ll be a corner fielder when he finishes growing, especially if his loopy power swing develops as expected. He’s already showing the signs of that potential plus power and his very strong arm is certainly real. His contact skills and lack of patience at the plate, though, are equally clear indicators that he’s still a very rough gem.
One bonus for his future MLB home: the youngster has an electric personality already in his toolbox, which means he could be a real poster boy come 2015 or so.
Oh Brett Jackson, you haven’t even gotten to the majors yet and the Cubs already have your replacement lined up. Tsk tsk.
Hey, the Cubs are going to try something new this year: Winning!
CHICAGO — Despite all the roster moves and changes at Wrigley Field this offseason, this isn’t a rebuilding year for the Cubs.
“The plan is to win right now,” new manager Dale Sveum said. “The long-term plan starts right now. We’re not rebuilding; we’re building.”
Sveum and staff will start sorting out the roster on Feb. 19, when pitchers and catchers have their first workout at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., to open Spring Training. Position players report on Feb. 23.
(Pats Dale on the head). Sure it is, Buddy. Sure it is. Also, please buy tickets. But wait! There’s more:
The focus this offseason has been on new Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, whom the Ricketts family hopes can duplicate what he did with the Red Sox and put together a world championship team. When? There’s no time table.
“In baseball, anything can happen,” Epstein said. “We might not have the most talent in the division, but I know we’re going to play hard, I know we have young players with upside and players entering their prime years. When you have that, you can surprise a little bit.”
Epstein has said trying to change the direction of a baseball organization is like turning an ocean liner. It doesn’t pivot right away, and you might not see immediate progress, but you know that little by little, the ship will turn in the right direction.
And the Cubs are the biggest, slowest ocean liner out there. Just sayin’.
If you want to go see the Cubs “win-now,” you’ll want to know that the Cubs Starting 6-pack, which contains tix to Opening Day, goes on sale February 17 at 10:00 am.
Happy Valentine’s/Singles Awareness Day, everyone!