The Miami Marlins are even bigger losers in 2013 and the year is not even finished yet.
The Marlins balking at throwing money to Cuban slugging first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu expresses even more major concerns as to what the Marlins’ front office is actually doing to make the team better. Miami not being in the top three of the bidding is woeful and should make Marlins fans even more weary.
Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, making him the highest-paid first-year player, receiving more money than when the Texas Rangers signed Yu Darvish and when the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Yasiel Puig. The Cuban slugger is expected to be the replacement for Paul Konerko when he decides to call it quits. The upside that the White Sox see in Abreu is what everyone is seeing in him.
He put up crazy numbers in Serie Nacional, Cuba’s top baseball league. Though Puig’s and Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes‘ numbers were good when they tore up the league, Abreu’s numbers were way better. In 212 at-bats, he had an incredible slash line of .453/.597/.986 with 33 home runs and 93 RBIs. The only way to interpret those numbers is if Cuba created a video game-like player and put him in the real world. Abreu is a robot.
His comparison to Ryan Howard is definitely fair. Both are big and both play first base and slug the ball with ease. At least Howard did in his prime. Miami passing on Abreu is absurd. Just when you think Miami could add some serious power into its lineup, they balk. There must be a character flaw we are not seeing.