The latest name to emerge from the now baseball-hotbed of Cuba is the 26-year-old slugger Jose Abreu. The 6-foot-2, 250 pound first baseman is a Cuban defector that once hit .453 with 33 home runs and 93 RBIs in just 66 games in the 2010-11 MLB season. He was a standout at the World Baseball Classic as well, going 9-25 with three home runs and nine RBIs.
Quite frankly, the Astros would be foolish to go after him with the price tag he’s boasting. Reports say that he could draw close to $70 million. With Jim Crane already having pointed out that the Astros are looking at getting payroll up to around $60 million this year, even someone with the most basic grasp on mathematics would realize that those two numbers don’t exactly fit.
Plus, the guy will be 27 come next year, and the only reason his price tag is so high is because his countrymen Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig are doing fantastic here in the United States.
The Astros have far too many issues to sort out before to go burning that kind of money on one guy who is no guarantee. Not to mention that he plays first base, and that’s Jonathan Singleton‘s position. Even in the off chance Singleton isn’t ready come Opening Day next year, there are still many cheaper options available.
There’s no hiding that the Astros would love to have him; they are in sore need of more power. But he’s simply too expensive. If his price came down around $40 million, it would be plausible, but even then, that’s a huge chunk of what Crane has committed to payroll this year.