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Marlins are scouting Cuban defector Jose Dariel Abreu

Sep 15, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

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This would be a pretty great way for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to start reinvesting some of the money his franchise saved in that November 2012 firesale.

According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the Fish have had scouts in the Dominican Republic all weekend watching free agent first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu, who defected from his native Cuba one month ago and established residency in Haiti while waiting to be cleared to negotiate with major league teams.

He still hasn’t been given that clearance and is not expected to settle with a big league club until right around the December MLB Winter Meetings. The 26-year-old slugger is thought to be seeking over $50 million in guaranteed money.

Abreu batted .394/.542/.837 with 75 walks, 35 home runs, 71 runs scored and 99 RBI in 87 games for Cienfuegos, a Cuban Serie Nacional team, in 2011-2012. He hit .382/.535/.735 with 13 homers, 37 runs scored, 36 RBI and 37 walks in 42 games during a shortened 2012-2013 campaign.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    “This would be a pretty great way for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to start reinvesting some of the money his franchise saved in that November 2012 firesale.”

    Guffaw.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Does he also have feelers out to see what teams might be interested in him once he develops into a major leaguer?

  3. dkphilly1122 - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Why in the world would he go to the Marlins?? Even if they offered him top dollar,which they won’t, they would just wait for his stock to rise and trade him like every other player who is good in their system. I see him going to a big or semi big market who has or can put a winning team around him.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Looks like Cespedes made the right choice when he spurned Miami for Oakland, a choice which both Cespedes and Oakland were blasted for in the beginning. Now both of them look like geniuses (even if Cespedes is experiencing the traditional sophomore slump)

    • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Well, the Feesh have this credibility problem (and again we intone: guffaw). What Scrooge McLoria would do is make him a top dollar offer without a no trade clause, heavily backloaded – I mean, backloaded far enough for state motor vehicle regulations to require it to fly a little red pennant while on the way to the notary – plus salted with enough noxious little clauses so that Abreu’s agent will send it to his circular file as quickly as he reads it. Meanwhile, Scrooge will primp that he made a good faith offer that shows how intent he is on turning his team, which just got shut out for the 17th time this season and has scored exactly one run in its last 21 innings, into a contender.

      And again we say: guffaw.

      • flamethrower101 - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        You lost me at “no trade clause”

      • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        Remember all those great free agent signings that the genius in Scrooge McLoria’s brainstem trust, like Larry Beinfest and the Chihuahua, were trumpeting so wildly two orfseasons ago? The contracts were backloaded – ie, the salaries due the players were lowest in the first season or two and then increased during the final number of seasons. To simplify: a four year contract, which created the illusion that Scrooge was making real, serious, long term commitments to his newly purchased stars, for say $10,000,000, paid $1.5 million the first year, 1.5 million the second, 2.5 million the third and 4.5 million in the fourth year.

        You see the utility of this? It made it look like the Crawling “I” was keeping his promise to the fans but he had set it up so that he paid as little as possible in the first year or two and could dump the players, as he clearly intended to do all along, and the vast bulk of their contracts on another team while actually laying out the least possible amount of money himself.

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Yep. Boston or Texas probably.

  4. hcf95688 - Sep 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Name a team that ISN’T scouting this guy. THAT would be a story. This? Not so much.

    • dondada10 - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Cincinnati, Arizona, and Atlanta aren’t going to scout him. The Tigers and Cardinals probably aren’t. That’s it.

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    The “fire sale” that got the Blue Jays sooooooooooooooo far this season

    • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Whereas the players that the clever Scrooge McLoria bargained from the Jays got the Feesh soooooooooooo far this season that if you dropped a pebble from the top of the division standings in the morning it would be dark before you heard it go “plunk” at the bottom?

      PS – it’s traditional to end a sentence with a period, you illiterate clown.

      • addictedzone - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        The Fish are in the same exact place in the standings at the end of this season as they were at the end of last season before they had the fire sale. The plunk of last season’s pebble just cost more.

      • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:46 AM

        They’re in exactly the same place, more or less, they’ve been since Scrooge McLoria and his factotums burned through the team they inherited from John Henry and Dave Dombrowski, traded away all the great ballplayers they inherited, and have kept cheapskinning the payroll ever since – and the same place they’re always going to be as long as this tightwad owns the team and fans are stupid enough to go to Macondo Banana Massacre Field and put even what little they do in his pockets.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Was Jeffrey a little too rough for you in the bedroom last night? I can’t think why else you have such a man crush on him

      • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Establishing your lowlife creds early in the week with a little top-o’-the-marnin’ gutter-level homophobia, are ya?

  6. peddealer - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Mr Abreu,

    Welcome to the United States…

    I have a assortment of all the best enhancers you would ever need to become the best Cuban player ever!
    Just send an old cousin over and I will take care of the rest!

    Anthony Bosch

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