SAN FRANCISCO -- Dale Sveum has watched Jorge Soler on video and likes what he has seen of the Cuban outfielder, who is now believed to be in the final phases of completing paperwork to become a free agent.
Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, and general manager Jed Hoyer did watch Soler work out in the Dominican Republic earlier this year. Rumors about where the 20-year-old power-hitting outfielder is headed had quieted down until Saturday when FOX Sports reported he was now a free agent. Soler defected from Cuba last year.
"He's pretty strong," Sveum said Saturday. "On video, he looks pretty impressive. I don't know if he's as impressive as that kid the other day."
That "kid" was high school shortstop Carlos Correa, projected as a first-round pick in Monday's First-Year Player Draft. Sveum threw batting practice to Correa during a workout at Wrigley Field on Wednesday.
Epstein, Hoyer and Jason McLeod, the Cubs' scouting and player development director, have asked Sveum to look at video of some of the top Draft prospects. It's all part of due diligence.
"That's the way Theo does things," Sveum said. "When he makes a decision, he's done every piece of information you can get to make sure that decision is right."