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08:56 AM ET 06.03 | The Cubs pursuit of Jorge Soler will intensify this week now that the Cuban outfielder officially has been declared a free agent. In spring training, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was forced to deny a report the Cubs had agreed to a four-year, $27 million deal with the defector. "I will say the rumors that we have a deal with him are completely bogus," Hoyer said. "I don't know where that started, but you guys should not run with those rumors. They are just rumors and they have no merit." But the Cubs' interest in Soler was real, and now they intend to go all out to reel him in.

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June 3, 2012  09:00 AM ET

When I read the headline, I thought they were talking about Mark Cuban; you know, a little cash infusion!

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June 3, 2012  09:19 AM ET

All Cubans are free agents, you just got to find the right boat to make the trip.

June 3, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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All Cubans are free agents, you just got to find the right boat to make the trip.

That's ironic, because the Cubs have been a sinking ship for the past century...

June 3, 2012  09:58 AM ET

Hahaha! Do they think it will matter?

June 3, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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That's ironic, because the Cubs have been a sinking ship for the past century...

Nice....

June 3, 2012  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

That's ironic, because the Cubs have been a sinking ship for the past century...

It's something about the franchise...For example, if you look at the Cubs rosters from the 60's and 70's, it's surprising they couldn't be more successful....You'd think with Jenkins, Abernathy, Santo, Williams, Banks, etc., things would have been different on any other team in any other city.

However, the Cubbies did give us Lee Elia which provided more entertainment value than multiple World Championships.

June 3, 2012  11:25 AM ET

Maybe they should move da Team to Cuba & become The Cuban Cubs!!

June 3, 2012  11:52 AM ET

This is just another example why the Cubs are not winners. Why would you pay this man that kind of money with all the holes you have and take that kind of chance he can play in the majors.

June 3, 2012  12:02 PM ET

I believe it was Ken Rosenthal from Fox who said it best about the Scrubs... "It takes a lot of work to be that bad for that long..." No **** ****, man. They've sucked for the last 104 years and if they finally win another WS, you will know for sure its the end of times.

June 3, 2012  12:15 PM ET

Why not? They already have Castro on the team.

June 3, 2012  12:21 PM ET

Where is this $$$ coming from? And where's the wisdom? There's talk, too, of trading Castro, Garza, and anybody else that has value. What's the strategy here?

June 3, 2012  01:42 PM ET
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Where is this $$$ coming from? And where's the wisdom? There's talk, too, of trading Castro, Garza, and anybody else that has value. What's the strategy here?

REBUILD. Big Z's contract will be off the books next year and Soriano's has to be almost up. Chicago's one of the wealthiest cities in the nation and they have a young CF with a lot of potential. If they can add a few top prospects, in a couple yrs they'll look good- Tampa & Washington a few examples.

June 3, 2012  01:50 PM ET
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REBUILD. Big Z's contract will be off the books next year and Soriano's has to be almost up. Chicago's one of the wealthiest cities in the nation and they have a young CF with a lot of potential. If they can add a few top prospects, in a couple yrs they'll look good- Tampa & Washington a few examples.

Soriano has 2 more years on his contract......Yeah Brett Jackson is a top CF prospect in Triple A but is struggling...Anthony Rizzo is DOMINATING Triple A at first base (he was acquired from the Padres for Andrew Cashener) but so was LaHair last year and he's slumping...fortunately Rizzo is only 23 so he will likely be a future star......they have a STUD SS in the minors and there is much talk of moving Castro to 2b because of all his errors....Josh Vitters will be the future 3B.......Pitching staff needs to be improved as well as the bullpen obviously.....Samardzija is the one they will build around there....

June 3, 2012  01:50 PM ET

they also have 3 of the first 56 picks in the draft this year

June 3, 2012  02:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

REBUILD.
Big Z's contract will be off the books next year and Soriano's has to be almost up. Chicago's one of the wealthiest cities in the nation and they have a young CF with a lot of potential. If they can add a few top prospects, in a couple yrs they'll look good- Tampa & Washington a few examples.

Cubs have been 'rebuilding' since 1908. Since about that time, we've all been hearing about the prospects in the farm system, lots of potential, etc., etc.(For recent examples, see Kerry Wood/Mark Prior, Dontrelle Willis, Angel Guzman, Felix Pie...).

June 3, 2012  02:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

REBUILD. Big Z's contract will be off the books next year and Soriano's has to be almost up. Chicago's one of the wealthiest cities in the nation and they have a young CF with a lot of potential. If they can add a few top prospects, in a couple yrs they'll look good- Tampa & Washington a few examples.

But it's like a fire sale. Getting rid of Soriano is going to be taking another bath. Who wants him and his contract? You may get youth but then again you get ... youth. It will be years before the Cubs field a contending team. And any contending team is based on pitching. Where's the pitching of the future? Right now everything looks bad and all we can do is put faith in Theo? Wasn't doin' too good there at the end in Beantown.

June 3, 2012  04:49 PM ET
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Why not? They already have Castro on the team.

Most Cubans come to the U.S. to get away from Castro and the communist system so they can test the free-market.

June 3, 2012  04:52 PM ET

^^Mark's Dad is now on the clock...^^

 
June 3, 2012  05:00 PM ET
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they also have 3 of the first 56 picks in the draft this year

Big deal. Even first rounders only have a 50% chance of making it to the Major Leagues.

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