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Report: Marlins “all in” on signing Jose Abreu

Oct 5, 2013, 11:49 AM EST

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Ben Badler of Baseball America pegged the Rangers as the most likely landing spot for Cuban slugger Jose Abreu last week, but it sounds like they are going to have plenty of competition.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are “all in” to sign Abreu and were “well represented” as his two-day workout in the Dominican Republic earlier this week. The Marlins project to have a payroll in the $38 million range next season and aren’t expected to be active for established major league free agents this winter, but that isn’t stopping their pursuit of the power-hitting first baseman.

Frisaro notes that blind bids for Abreu are expected to be due today. Many have speculated that it could take $45-60 million to sign him, which would top Yasiel Puig‘s $42 million deal with the Dodgers for the richest ever for a Cuban player. For what it’s worth, Frisaro hears from a source that the Giants are the favorites.

  1. beefytrout - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    is this like players from Japan, where only the top bid can negotiate a contract? or can Abreu choose which offer to accept?

    • dondada10 - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      He’s a free-agent with representation.

  2. onbucky96 - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Hope he puts in an Iron-Clad No Trade clause in his contract if he signs with the Fish.

  3. losanginsight - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Seems like Puig’s success has teams crawling over each other for the next Cuban Star. Dodgers have been and always will be trend setting team. I guess the Lil ants aren’t sold on Belt.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      There are more than a dozen Cuban defectors in MLB right now. Players have been defecting and coming to MLB for decades. Maybe get the definition of “trend setting” next time before you hit the “post comment” button.

      Some Dodgers fans deserved Frank McCourt.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      :(

  4. allday296 - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I am pretty sure cespedes signed with OAK before LA signed Puig, also Chapman with CIN, among others. LA is hardly trend setting.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Also, the Red Sox signed Jose Iglesias — there’s a number of good Cuban players in the majors now.

    • dondada10 - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      If anything, I feel like the Marlins were the trend setters in the mid 90’s.

      • yahmule - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        The OP may be odious, but Jackie Robinson, Hideo Nomo, Chan Ho Park and their ground breaking baseball academy in the Dominican Republic qualify the Dodgers as an orginazation that has been historically ahead of the curve.

  5. Carl Hancock - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    It’s not like Japan. He’s a Free Agent. If he signs with the Marlins you will know it’s for money. So it could happen if they offer him the most money. He’s going to have a bunch of good offers so hopefully he values winning and doesn’t sign with the Marlins because either et he’s going to get paid.

    • yahmule - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      If he signs with Miami I won’t know it’s for money because I’m not him. I would guess the close proximity to Cuba would play a large role in that decision.

      • Old Gator - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        It didn’t outweigh the numbers with Cespedes. On the other hand, the Feesh never offer no-trade clauses. That’s how they were able to look like they were making a beeg play for Pujols while knowing all along he wouldn’t take their offer without the no-trade clause. It was the Scrooge McLoria version of the ol’ bait-and-switch routine, and as several thousand regretful suckers who bought multiyear ticket packages will tell you, no one is going to fall for that again. Certainly not the Cubans in Macondo. Anyway, they’ve got El Keed to root for now and the local Chavez-era Venezuelan emigrants have Hechavarria.

        And mercifully, many of those multi-year packages sold before Macondo Banana Massacre Field opened died quietly in their sleep last Sunday. Because the one thing Scrooge McLoria has proven he can do right is the math, it’s pretty obvious that they aren’t going to fool enough people into making the same mistake about ticket package commitments again – certainly, not enough of them to make up for what they would have to pay Abreu, no trade clause notwithstanding. That’s why I won’t believe the Feesh will seriously try to land him till I see it.

  6. rjmarrella - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Loria’s pitch: come to Miami, enjoy our spring, and then play for a contender by August!

  7. brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Someone should inform these guys about the teams they shouldn’t sign with. The Marlins should be at the top of the list. They’l just trade him. Find a real team.

  8. cadillacjosh - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    It really hasn’t been reported at all but I strongly hope the Brewers make a play for this guy. He would be a huge addition to the lineup, that’s already pretty good on offense. I know the problem is pitching, but I’m not too sure where that’d come from anyway.

  9. tcb2nyc - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    So, if the bids are due today, how quickly will we know who he’s selected?

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