Puig, only recently declared a free agent, and agent Jaime Torres are attempting to make a deal with a major-league club before next Monday, when MLB will institute signing limits for international players.
The White Sox, who have done deals with Torres for Jose Contreras, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo, are also believed to be interested in the 21-year-old Puig, who defected earlier this year. He’s 6-foot-3, 210 and fast, and hit .330 with 18 home runs, 47 RBIs and 78 runs scored in 327 at-bats with the Cienfuegos Elephants in the 20-11 Serie Nacional.
“There has not been a player as proven and as young to come to the States from Cuba," Torres told MLB.com. “It’s one thing to come to the United States at 19 or 20 years old with a few at-bats or some experience on a national level but this guy has years of national experience under his belt.”
Puig may not have as high of a ceiling as Soler but is considered closer to the big leagues. Torres says his latest client is the same caliber of player as Yoenis Cespedes and Soler.
"You have heard the other names because Puig was in Cuba and Soler and Cespedes were out of the country, it’s that simple," Torres said. “Before Soler got to the Dominican Republic, very few people knew who he was outside of his junior experience. Puig played in the Serie Nacional and was projected to be the right fielder for the national team for the upcoming years. Scouts know who Puig is.”
Cubs executives declined comment on Puig. They’re still not saying anything about Soler, who has had a difficult time getting clearance to begin his North American career.