I’ve thrown around the idea of the Yankee acquiring Jose Abreu this offseason. The right-handed slugger has spent his career in Cuba, so you know there’s some risk in trusting his numbers, but he could end up being the best bat of the offseason. Scouts love his swing, and some have even said he could be the best hitter in the world. I won’t go that far, but there’s definitely huge upside there.
Anyway, I thought the Yankees might have some interest, despite Abreu having just one true position, first base. Even with his defensive inefficiencies, the team desperately needs young players, power, and some thrifty signings. For the potential, Abreu could be a huge bargain, he won’t cost a draft pick, and I’ve already gone over his upside.
News broke today about some of the negotiation. Supposedly, the suitors have been narrowed down to the White Sox, the Red Sox, and the Astros. It looks like the Red Sox have the third lowest bid, followed by the Astros, and finally the White Sox are the highest at $70 million.
Nothing has leaked about the Yankees, and I’m not sure if that’s a positive or negative thing. The organization is usually very tight-lipped when it comes to international free agents. There has been interest on the Yankees part, perhaps just due diligence, but the team did host the slugger at their Dominican complex with scouts in attendance.
I’ll keep this thread updated if anything substantial happens. Otherwise, feel free to use this as an open thread. The Red Sox and Tigers begin what is essentially a best of 3 series tonight. I’m saying that the Tigers have the advantage here as they’ve now lined up Sanchez, Scherzer, and Verlander to face off against Lester, Buchholz, and Lackey. You can catch tonight’s game at 8:00 PM on FOX.
Update: (8:28) Ken Rosenthal says that Abreu is finalizing a 6-year $68 million deal with an unknown team. We’ll see.
Update: (11:50) And Abreu is headed to Chicago.