Zach wrote:It is rumored that the Cubs are willing to offer Soler $27.5 million. At this price I am not sure that Soler would be worth it for the Orioles. This would be almost 4x the amount of money that we gave to Dylan Bundy and as seen in another thread he is considered a top 10 prospect.
Please remember that a figure like that is going to be spread out over five, six, seven, or even eight years. Theo Epstein is smart enough to know that Soler will probably need two years or so of seasoning in the minors, so he's not going to limit himself to a short contract.
What you're seeing here is the leverage that Soler and Cespedes had because they're not constrained by the draft. It reminds me of the draft of 1996 when Travis Lee, Matt White, and Bobby Seay were granted free agency because of a technicality. All three were given "stupid money" as signing bonuses because they had the leverage to negotiate with every team. Lee and White were signed by Tampa, and Seay by the Rockies; which were expansion teams that were trying to add premier prospects to the farm systems they were building. Both teams were not playing yet so they did not have any players to trade for prospects. They saw this as a way to game the system.
That's EXACTLY the way teams are looking at ALL of the International players available this winter. The system is going to change dramatically this summer so, if you want to add a bonus premier prospect to your barren system, you better do it NOW.
Give the Cubs credit for accepting that their farm system is a broken down mess and spending the money to re stock it. The passed on the big money free agents to spend their money like this. I think they will benefit from choosing this method and I hope that DD has the authority to make a competitive bid, too.