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    Jose Dariel Abreu Finalizing Deal With White Sox 6 Yrs/68 Million$

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    Slugging first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has escaped from Cuba and is elsewhere in the Caribbean, Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reports. It is unclear where Abreu is now (Ebro notes that various reports have placed Abreu in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti), but one agent with whom Abreu has had contact confirms that he is not in Cuba.

    If in fact Abreu can make his way into the MLB free agent market, he'd have an enormous impact, likely earning the largest contract ever given to a Cuban player. The 26-year-old hit .453/.597/.986 in Cuba's Serie Nacional in 2010-2011 before hitting .394/.542/.837 in 2011-2012 and .382/.535/.735 in 2012-2013. Also in 2013, he hit .360/.385/.760 in six games for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic.

    Those are, of course, stunning numbers, and ESPN Deportes' Jorge Morejon notes that Abreu will likely also benefit from a rising tide of good play by Cuban defectors like Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes. Grantland's Jonah Keri wrote in 2012 that Abreu "just might be the best hitter in the world," and Abreu's entry into the free agent market would surely be accompanied by a tidal wave of hype. Major League teams may not think quite the same way -- Keri notes that Abreu isn't particularly athletic, which might dampen teams' enthusiasm somewhat. But he quotes Athletics assistant GM David Forst comparing Abreu to Ryan Howard, which would still make Abreu a very valuable commodity.

    Since Abreu is over 23 and has played Cuban professional baseball for more than three years, he would enter the market as an unrestricted free agent. He would appear to be in excellent position to receive more than Puig, who got seven years and $42MM from the Dodgers last June.
    We spoke about this some in another thread but man this guy could be great for the Mets. It's a ton of risk granted but he looks like he has a high ceiling offensively and the Cuban positional players have translated well to MLB whether that be Puig, Morales, or Cespedes. Solar with the Cubs looks great too.

    There are reports he is looking for 75+ million dollars but he could be one hell of fit at 1st base and has serious power potential.
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    Sandy would never make such a move. Prove me otherwise, please?

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    An AL team has more incentive to go all in, possibly. Abreu is said to lack athleticism. MLBTR comps him to Ryan Howard. I'd love for the Mets to spend to grab him, but I don't think SA is ready to put this much money at risk on the heels of recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungStuna View Post
    Sandy would never make such a move. Prove me otherwise, please?
    One can dream lol but it'll never happen.
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    He's a huge risk though without question. With no major league track record it's a tough bet and he will probably make the Puig contract look miniscule.
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    Ugh we need a slugger in the worst way. Please Sandy

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    We are talking about a Wilpon run franchise here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metswon69 View Post
    He's a huge risk though without question. With no major league track record it's a tough bet and he will probably make the Puig contract look miniscule.
    You act like the past 4 or 5 huge international signings haven't been pure gold. Puig, Darvish, Ryu, Chapman, Cespedes all on the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waveycrockett View Post
    You act like the past 4 or 5 huge international signings haven't been pure gold. Puig, Darvish, Ryu, Chapman, Cespedes all on the money.
    And some haven't. Look at guys like Dice-K, Igawa, Kazuo Matsui, Contreras, etc. The scouting has gotten better but it's still a huge risk and a ton of money to invest in an unknown commodity.

    Cespedes has regressed quite a bit since last year as well.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...espeyo01.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by metswon69 View Post
    And some haven't. Look at guys like Dice-K, Igawa, Kazuo Matsui, Contreras, etc. The scouting has gotten better but it's still a huge risk and a ton of money to invest in an unknown commodity.

    Cespedes has regressed quite a bit since last year as well.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...espeyo01.shtml
    Clearly international scouting has improved a ton. Cespedes has regressed but he's still been a solid player overall in just his 2nd ML season without any protection in that lineup.

    And if you look at the recent trend of Hamilton, Dickey, Crawford, Pujols, Fielder, A-Gon it's not like signing MLB talent to huge contracts is less of a risk
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    If you could get him for a Cespedes type contract, I'd be very interested. It's hard to find impact bats that are cheap and controllable. The international market is by no means cheap, but it surely beats handing out $100M contracts to guys that we have to overpay to get to come here. Additionally, there is no draft pick compensation attached to these guys. Yes there is a risk, but it seems like the international free agent market is essentially a new age Moneyball tactic.

    I don't see Sandy making this type of move, but he should by all means entertain it. A perenial 30+ HR bat for $7-8M is hard to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metswon69 View Post
    He's a huge risk though without question. With no major league track record it's a tough bet and he will probably make the Puig contract look miniscule.

    Have you seen his stats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Mcfly View Post
    Have you seen his stats?
    A lot of these international guys have dominated their leagues, that's what makes MLB teams interested. Does that mean his talent will translate here and that he will be as good as advertised or he won't completely bust?

    When you do your in depth scouting report, come back to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metswon69 View Post
    A lot of these international guys have dominated their leagues, that's what makes MLB teams interested. Does that mean his talent will translate here and that he will be as good as advertised or he won't completely bust?

    When you do your in depth scouting report, come back to me.



    Whatever dude.


    Keep making those excuses and see where the Mets go.

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    The Sox will be in on him big time.

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