The Miami Marlins are all-in on free-agent first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu. I bet many of you are asking what that means and how much it is going to cost the team next season. There is no doubt that Miami has to be in on Abreu. He is a Cuban and with Miami’s large Cuban population, it could attract a big audience if he performs well, which was one of the ways the team was able to attract fans to the ballpark this season behind Jose Fernandez.
Going after Abreu is going to be extremely important. Adding him to the team and putting him in a lineup with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and soon Colin Moran may make Miami extremely dangerous in the next 3-5 years. The problem with Abreu is that he is going to command a lot of money. He is expected to want a $40-50 million deal and he could get more if teams enter a bidding war for him.
Abreu played in Cuba’s highest-level baseball league and had way more power than Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig provided for their teams before defecting and joining the Major Leagues. If it is the only thing Miami tries to do in the offseason, it is going to be worth it.
Miami is not expected to pursue top domestic free agents but the international market seems to intrigue the organization.