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The Marlins and Soler agree to a three-year, $36 million contract.

The Miami Marlins have been looking for a big bat, and they’re hoping that reigning World Series MVP Jorge Soler is the man for the job.

According to a source close to the situation, the Marlins and Soler have agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the deal was contingent on a successful physical and had not yet been announced.

Soler has the option to opt-out of the contract after 2022 and 2023.

MLB.com was the first to report that the sides had reached an agreement.

Soler is a two-time World Series champion, having won with the Chicago Cubs in 2016 and again with the Atlanta Braves last fall.

In Atlanta’s six-game win over Houston, he batted.300 and hit three home runs, all of which were memorable. He homered to start the World Series, becoming the first player in the Fall Classic’s 117-year history to do so. A pinch-hit drive in Game 4 broke a tie and moved Atlanta one win closer to the championship, and his three-run shot in the third inning of Game 6 broke a scoreless tie and put the Braves ahead for good.

As Miami opened camp, Marlins general manager Kim Ng stated that the team had two needs: an outfielder – particularly a center fielder, which Soler hasn’t been because he’s mostly played right – and offense.

Soler certainly fits the bill.

In 661 career games with Kansas City, the Cubs, and the Braves, he has 121 home runs and 343 RBIs. He led the AL in home runs with 48 in 2019, and he hit 27 in 149 games with the Royals and Braves last season.

Soler defected from Cuba in 2011, settled in Haiti, and made his major league debut in 2014.

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