Other than New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, there are no real sluggers in the upcoming offseason free agent pool. Jose Abreu is going to change that real fast.
Abreu defected from Cuba a few months ago and is expected to be granted free agent status by MLB by either December or January. That is when offers for Abreu are expected to heat up. The Miami Marlins should be in hot pursuit of the 26-year-old Cuban slugger.
Abreu has been a monster in the Cuban leagues. In 42 games this year, he batted .382 with 13 home runs and prior to that, he hit 35 home runs in 2012. His power has been there and now since he is living in the Dominican Republic, the Marlins and other teams can finally scout him.
There are going to be a lot of teams after Abreu this season. It is anticipated that he will command a $50 million deal at the least since his abilities have been showcased through the World Baseball Classic and through private workouts in the Dominican Republic.
The Marlins would be wise to reopen its wallet to get Abreu this offseason due to Miami’s Cuban population. Also, adding Abreu to a team with a highly-talented Cuban baseball player in Jose Fernandez could put more fans in the seats.
Abreu is not the only international ballplayer the Marlins are scouting, but no other names have been reported.