Cubs win the Jorge Soler sweepstakes

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Cubs win the Jorge Soler sweepstakes

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.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.