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Aug 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler (68) dives and misses a catch during the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Soler Is A Long-Term Answer

Nick Dudukovich

Since Cincinnati asked for the moon for third baseman Todd Frazier, Cleveland moved on. Making a trade for Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler would be a great move. The Cuban native will turn just 24 during the 2016 season, and he is at the point of his career where he is ready to become a full-time big-leaguer.

Like Frazier, who is now with the Chicago White Sox, Soler is right-handed. He is big, and has raw power in a 6-foot-4 frame, 215-pound frame. He also plays right field, which has been a problematic position to fill from an offensive standpoint.

Unlike Frazier, Soler would be under the Indians’ control through the 2020 season.

Since Soler was an international free agent, he went to the highest bidder when he came to the United States in 2012. At that time, he signed a nine-year, $30 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. Soler will be 28 years old when he is a free agent.

Pitching trumps all, especially during the postseason, but scoring runs still wins game. Imagine the Indians having two youthful stars on the rise in Soler and shortstop Francisco Lindor. They would be quite a tandem to watch for the foreseeable future.

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