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Updates on Jorge Soler, Brett Gardner

Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner signals he can't

Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner signals he can't find a fly ball hit by the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera in the fifth inning. The ball landed in front of Gardner and Cabrera picked up a double. (May 10, 2010) (Credit: AP)

According to published reports, teams interested in Jorge Soler, the Cuban outfielder whom the Yankees scouted during the winter and was just declared a free agent, have until Thursday to submit bids.

The Yankees like the 20-year-old Soler “a lot,” one team source said, but it remains to be seen if they’re willing to bid the $25 million-$35 million it’s expected to land the outfielder.

Meanwhile, Joe Girardi said Brett Gardner (strained right elbow), one day after taking five at-bats in an extended spring game, felt some “stiffness” in his elbow but nothing concerning.

“I’m not surprised when he hasn’t played since April 17,” Girardi said.

Tags: Jorge Soler , Brett Gardner , Joe Girardi

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