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Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu has picked an agent stateside

Aug 17, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

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We learned last week that Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu had defected (reportedly to Haiti or the Dominican Republic) in an effort to make his way to the United States. Now he has picked an agent.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that Abreu has selected Barry Praver and Bart Hernandez of Praver Shapiro Sports Management to represent him stateside. He’s slated to have a showcase for teams in September, though he’ll have to establish residency outside of Cuba and be unblocked by the Office of Foreign Assets Control before being declared a free agent by MLB. That process could take a while.

Highly regarded for his power, Abreu is a 26-year-old first baseman who stands at an estimated 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds. Passan (and many others) believe that he could command the richest contract ever for a Cuban player, possibly approaching $60 million or more. Yasiel Puig‘s seven-year, $42 million deal with the Dodgers is currently the highest. Since Abreu is older than 23 and played in Cuba’s top league for more than three years, he will not be subject to MLB’s international spending cap.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Position players hit free-agency at a young age less and less today as teams have made a more concerted effort to lock-up their own assets. I can see Abreu getting 70 mil seeing how he has the most sought after commodity in baseball: power.

  2. asimonetti88 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    6’3″, 250.. Wow

  3. khmerson562 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Dodgers sign him and play him at 3rd and sign Robinson cano and he play at 2nd.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Have not heard anything about his defensive prowess, or lack thereof, but if he hits like Miggy and can field just ok 3rd might be an option. But I see the Yankees going after him as a DH. It might be a huge bidding war between Yanks and Dodgers

      • greymares - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        if you haven’t figured it out the Yankee spending days are over.

  4. dirtydrew - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Go Giants!

  5. lightskin350 - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    This is the type of player that the PIRATES have never went after but truly need. Its very clear that our line up needs a power bat on the right and he would fill that in a major way. This won’t happen of course but the team is making money this season. The park is full every night. Management can’t dump the majority of their resources into the draft anymore. Go after this guy, show the rest of the league that the PIRATES old cheap ways are in the past and that you are serious about putting an elite product on the field every night.

    • ramonrrp - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Cuban Baseball Career statistics

  6. khmerson562 - Aug 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    The pirates have a lots of very good young players.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    bluejays and their big bucks will probably sign this guy!! Yea come on now you know I HAD to be joking!!!

  8. miketreedy - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    You all are looking at the Rangers next first baseman.

  9. edwardcollinss - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    what Kelly replied I am alarmed that some one can earn $6711 in 4 weeks on the internet. did you look at this link…
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