SIGNED: Jorge Soler Chooses His Free Agent Destination

 It seemed to be a bit of a stand-off between free agent slugger Jorge Soler and his top pursuer on the free agent market: two-year deal or three-years? In the end, it was the San Francisco Giants that blinked, and Soler will now call The Bay home for the next three seasons.

Soler and the Giants are in agreement on a three-year, $42 million contract, splitting the difference between the $13 million he opted out of with the Miami Marlins this offseason, and the $15 million AAV he was searching for, landing on a $14 million average salary. 

Although the Giants didn't get their real sought-after offseason prize, Shohei Ohtani, or the next best on their list, Yoshinobu Yamamoto (both going to the rival LA Dodgers), they still finish with an intriguing winter group of additions.

In addition to Soler, the Giants added Korean outfield star Jung-Hoo Lee, top end reliever-turned-starter Jordan Hicks, as well as pulled off a big trade for a former Cy Young winner, Robbie Ray from the Seattle Mariners. 

Soler should add some much-needed punch to the San Francisco offense, having blasted 36 home runs for the Marlins in 2023, while topping out at a massive 48 long balls, back in 2019 with the Kansas City Royals. The Giants hope they are getting that version of Soler, rather than the one who was more inconsistent and mediocre in the few seasons in between.

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