New York, NY – After taking a back seat while other teams chased international stars such as Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes, the New York Yankees are making a strong push to land Cuban defector Jorge Soler, sources confirmed.
Teams were expected to make their final bids Sunday night for the 20-year-old outfielder, with a decision expected to come as soon as Monday. He is expected to get a four-year deal that could be worth $20 million.
The Yankees are "trying very hard to sign him," according to a source familiar with the team's thinking.
Their interest is not a surprise, despite the organization's recent reluctance to chase high-priced international free agents.
Trying to stay under the $189 million payroll threshold next season, the Yankees need some less expensive players if they intend to bring back Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson. That would make Soler an option to take over for Nick Swisher in right field.
The Yankees likely will have to outbid several teams, including the Cubs and perhaps the Dodgers and Braves.
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