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Report: Giants GM Brian Sabean scouting Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu

Sep 12, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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After watching the Dodgers strike gold with Yasiel Puig, the NL West rival Giants are trying to land the next impact bat out of Cuba.

Dionisio Soldevila of reports that Giants general manager Brian Sabean and special assistant Felipe Alou are currently in the Dominican Republic scouting first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu. The 26-year-old slugger will need to establish residency outside of Cuba and be unblocked by the Office of Foreign Assets Control before being declared a free agent by MLB, but speculation is that he could top the $42 million deal received by Puig.

Soldevila notes that the Red Sox also scouted Abreu today, so there promises to be plenty of competition in order to sign him, but Giants vice president Bobby Evans indicated to Andrew Baggarly of two weeks ago that the team could be willing to make a big splash on the international market.

“The risk and cost assessment has to be part of the equation,” Giants vice president Bobby Evans told me. “As for the rewards, you do look at what some of these recent high-risk signings have done. It does give you a sense of `This is the potential.’ It does give you that desire to say, `Hey, can we get the next one?’”

If the Giants were to sign Abreu, they would have to move Brandon Belt from first base to left field.

  1. rhmurphy - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    The best response to a fluke is to overreact.

    • mac0424 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Lets stop looking in Latin countries for ball players when we have plenty right here in America. As a former player that is one thing I cannot stand about professional baseball in America. I once witnessed an American second baseman in the minor leagues battling to secure a roster spot. The Latin player was batting 219 with a 700 in error percentage and the American player 279 with no errors during the competition. What the stats don’t include are the numerous times the Latin player was in trouble off the field yet the American player was the one cut. I overheard the coaches advising that the American player was cut because he had more opportunity in life than the Latin player. That is ridiculous and a shame. They are going to give this guy some ridiculous contract. I can guarantee you there is some young man at a Junior College or men’s league etc. that has just as much talent and is equally deserving. To MLB, STOP going to the Latin route all the dad-gum time.

      • rhmurphy - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        so you’re like racist huh

      • bigdicktater - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        I don’t think he’s racist, I think he’s pro-American. STFU!

  2. dondada10 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    The Reds, Tigers, and Braves are probably the only teams that aren’t going to scout Abreu.

    • dondada10 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Arizona isn’t gonna scout him, as well.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      I am guessing the Cardinals aren’t scouting him either.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    He wouldn’t want to play in Arizona as he would have to carry his papers everywhere he went.

  4. greej1938l - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Sabbie Sabester hahahaha

  5. hcf95688 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    There it is again: The Daily Giants Story.

  6. APBA Guy - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    The Giants have not only seen Puig succeed, they’ve seen the A’s do very well with Cespedes, who was Abreu’s age last year.

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