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Rangers considered to have “inside track” on Jose Abreu

Sep 30, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Ben Badler of Baseball America, who covers the international prospect world better than anyone, has a lengthy new article about Cuban slugger Jose Abreu and his “green light” to sign after being cleared by MLB.

Quite a few teams have been linked to Abreu by various reports, but Badler rates the Rangers as his most likely landing spot. It makes sense, as first base has been a weak spot and the Rangers have certainly shown a willingness to shell out big money for high-profile international players in Yu Darvish. Badler also notes that the Rangers have a good relationship with Abreu’s agency.

He also lists the Red Sox, Pirates, Nationals, and White Sox as possible suitors and, while not named by Badler, the Giants and Marlins have also been mentioned in connection to Abreu frequently by other sources.

  1. jm91rs - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Pirates? They’re really taking this attempt at being competitive pretty seriously all of a sudden.

  2. e5tolife - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    My mind would be absolutely blown if the pirates made a serious run at this guy

  3. coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Yep…after trading Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young to San Diego for 12 bead necklaces, after trading Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for an over-worked Uehara who flopped and didn’t even make their post-season roster, time to give backsliding Moreland the boot and sign this guy. It’s only money, and at least they will have a right-handed platoon option for Moreland at 1B. The Rangers farm system as a potential HR threat at 1B but he is in LOW A I believe and strikes out half the time, so it will be years before he pans out, if ever. When you whiff that much in A ball, you have some issues…

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