HAVANA TIMES — Over a 110 million US dollars has been dished out by MLB teams in recent times to land four Cuban players. The latest in the money fest is Jose Soler, 20, who was signed last week to play nine years for the Chicago Cubs for $30 million.
Soler joins Yoennis Cespedes (36 million with Oakland), Aroldis Chapman (30 million for Cincinnati) and Leonys Martin (15 million for Texas), with top contracts.
Other big figure players include Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo, both everyday players with the Chicago White Sox.
Soler, relatively unknown on the island, batted .304 for the Cuban squad at the world junior’s tournament held in Canada in 2010.
The speedy prospect was caught twice attempting to leave Cuba before finally achieving his goal on a third try, allowing him to reach the Dominican Republic in 2011, noted the DPA news agency.