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Jose Dariel Abreu cleared to sign with MLB team

Sep 28, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

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Let the bidding begin. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has been declared a free agent by MLB and is now free to sign with any team.

Abreu defected from Cuba earlier this year and we learned last week that he had established residency in Haiti. The 26-year-old needed to be unblocked by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) before MLB could declare him as a free agent.

Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Abreu is highly-regarded for his power potential. Because he’s 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. Some have speculated that he could get a richer contract than Yasiel Puig‘s seven-year, $42 million deal with the Dodgers.

Ben Badler of Baseball America reported earlier this week that Abreu is scheduled to hold two open showcases for all teams next week in the Dominican Republic. As Sanchez notes, the Giants are among the teams who have expressed interest.

  1. coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I smell the Rangers signing him. Moreland hit 20 HR but bad BA and not great in the field. They wish they hadn’t jumped ship on Chris Davis and will try to correct that BO Boo here.

    • bendover09 - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Do you just talk to talk? Please tell me the lotto numbers since everyone knew Chris Davis would do this.. if facts serve me right.. then Chris I believe was booed in Texas and was in a worst slump than Mitch. Gotta love haters who just cry over spewed milk

  2. grumpyoleman - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Why doesn’t MLB make these players available thru the draft instead of being able to sign him with the biggest bid? Seems like most of the major sports would require a draft to acquire his rights. Hockey may not but I’m not sure.

    • dan1111 - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      He is already 26, so if he had to go through the draft now, he would not be a free agent until well into his 30’s. That is not fair, relatively speaking.

  3. arrooo - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Mets

  4. Marty - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    My guess is at the low end he’s worth 15 mil/year for 5 years. With money coming out of the owners’ asses, I think overspending by 5-10 mil is worth just getting this wrapped up.

    • Marty - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Wow. Was on the Hunter Pence thread when I posted that.

  5. khmerson562 - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    He’ll be in a dodgers uniform next year

  6. spyder9669 - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Already a done deal that the Giants will sign him. They are going to be the Dodgers of free agency this year just watch. They will NOT let LA continue to walk away with the division like they own the joint.

    • dan1111 - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      They will only compete with L.A. if they aren’t the Dodgers of free agency. They don’t have L.A.’s revenue stream, so they won’t be able to ridiculously overspend and still field a competitive team. But if they actually made good value signings, they might be able to match L.A. in talent without matching their absurd payroll.

      Unfortunately, the Pence signing was a step in the wrong direction.

  7. khmerson562 - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I heard the giants wanted to sign zito to another big contract.

  8. thisdamnbox - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Please…Sign Zito to another deal? It’s the Giants, not The Howie & Chuckie Show in Seattle…

  9. khmerson562 - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Its work so well the last time.

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