Power hitting is what most teams want. Consistent power hitting is a commodity, and a consistent power hitter with recent championship experience? That’s a guy everyone wants. Jorge Soler is that guy.
Soler might be one of the most powerful bats out there Astros fans know all to well, as he crushed a mammoth home run at Minute Maid Park in Game 6 of the World Series that ripped the hearts out of every Astros fan. I’m still eating a carton of ice cream every night just thinking about it.
It might help Houston fans like myself to mend from last year if we can see Soler hit those mammoth homers at Minute Maid Park in an Astros uniform.
The Cuban native is a career .246 hitter with a .800 OPS who routinely hits a lot of big bombs. Soler hit 48 homers and led the league with 117 RBIs in 2019 with Kansas City. However, he’s certainly a feast-or-famine type hitter — he also led the league in strikeouts in 2019 with 179. Welp.
Offensively, Soler would take the Astros already amazing lineup to another level. Imagine having Soler hit 8th after Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel? If Soler were to hit 7th or 8th in this lineup, pitchers all over the AL would have nervous breakdowns thinking about how they’ll must navigate through that Astro batting order.
There’s likely a lot of teams still interested in Soler and he likely will be out of Houston’s price range. But if Soler is truly interested in reuniting with his fellow Cuban teammates and the asking price is reasonable, I think Houston has to go for it.