Insider Reveals Update On Why Jorge Soler Hasn't Signed Yet

Slugger Jorge Soler's options have been dwindling on the free agent market, after watching expected suitors the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks all move on to sign other DH-types (Justin Turner in Toronto, Mitch Garver with the M's and Joc Pederson in the desert). And according to baseball insider Jon Morosi, it all comes down to his steadfast demands for a three-year deal.

From what I can piece together here, there are teams that have been comfortable giving Soler a two-year deal, but he's looking for a third or at least 2+ a player option for a third. And that is where things currently stand as we believe.

Morosi names the San Francisco Giants as the main team in talks with him, and one of those that's not willing to pony up for a third year. He calls it "a staring contest" at this point.

The trouble with Soler has been his inconsistency over his career. He has had a 48-HR season (2019) and a 36-dinger year (2023), but in between, he's totalled 48 over the three seasons from 2020 through 2022 while posting OPS+ marks below 100 in two of those years. 

Soler opted out of the final year of his contract with the Miami Marlins after last season to become a free agent, giving up a $13 million salary for 2024.

He's now looking for a deal just north of that, it's thought ($15 million a year range) but for three seasons. 

The Giants still have some other irons in the fire, potentially, including, says Morosi, one of the biggest free agents still on the market, third baseman Matt Chapman. They are certainly anxious to land one or the other. 

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