Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 2/16/12

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Phillies and Yankees are “in hardest” on 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler.

David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reported earlier Wednesday afternoon that the Phils are in on Soler, who at one point was linked to the Cubs for a four-year, $27.5 million deal later described as “ludicrous.”

Passan’s tweet refers to the interest of the Phillies and Yankees as unsurprising, likely because of the deep pockets of both franchises, but as ESPN’s Jorge Arangure points out, it is a surprise given both teams’ recent lack of activity with top-notch international talent.

Baseball Prospectus’ minor league expert, Kevin Goldstein, wrote Monday that he would pencil in a signed Soler as the sport’s 39th overall prospect.

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