The Cubs pursued Jorge Soler for months, thinking the Cuban defector could become a core player at Wrigley Field.It finally paid off on Monday, with Soler agreeing to a major-league deal with the Cubs, a source familiar with the negotiations confirmed.The New York Post first reported the decision. CBSSports.com reported the contract is valued nine years and 30 million.Soler, a 20-year-old outfielder, cashed in before the July 2 deadline, when the new collective bargaining agreement caps how much teams can spend on the international market. Soler will need time to develop in the minor leagues, but the Cubs view him as another piece to potentially build around Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Brett Jackson, Javier Baez and Albert Almora.
Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:
Who are the Bulls? The team that beat Cleveland and Toronto or lost to Dallas, Minnesota and Milwaukee?
That's the question Bulls fans are currently asking and the one Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill posed in the video above.
The Bulls have had impressive wins and shocking losses, but neither of those should be surprising at this point. The Bulls are, as Goodwill put it, consistently inconsistent.
The first half of the season has proven that Dwyane Wade still has some memorable moments left to give and Jimmy Butler continues to approach superstardom. On the downside, the drama surrounding Rajon Rondo has meant the 'three alphas' that were hyped up in the preseason haven't been the dynamic trio some Bulls fans had hoped.
Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't have the shooters his system needs, but can he still rally the troops and get something out of Rondo?
Watch the video to see Goodwill's look back on the Bulls' first half and what could be ahead.