Reports are the Jose Dariel Abreu, the latest Cuban sensation to be looking to get rich and become a major-leaguer, is going to command somewhere around $70M. According to reports on MLB.com, the Astros and both Red and White Sox are the finalists. Looks like the DH thing has a huge advantage.
But why shouldn’t the Marlins make this deal? Sure, it will cost them $70M upfront and it is a decidedly large risk to take on a mostly unquantifiable talent. Yet Abreu could give the Marlins a large dose of power, some strong PR to help get the offseason going and draw some interest back to their product.
Abreu in the lineup with Giancarlo Stanton would make the Marlins a really strong bounceback candidate right away. The fact of the matter is, the Marlins don’t have a lot of options when it comes to adding power to their lineup right now. Most players will be hesitant to sign because of what the Marlins did with their 2012 free agent class. Abreu is just looking to get a paycheck and make the transition to MLB. Doing it in Miami would help acclimate him and maybe turn him into a star along the way – he would fit right in with a few more Cuban players like Jose Fernandez and Adeiny Hechavarria.
The only real downside is that it would drive up Stanton’s price a bit. Getting Abreu though shows long term commitment to Stanton and to this core group of players. Some added offense could turn this team around as the pitching is clearly there.
The Marlins are reportedly looking to spend $45-60M on Abreu but tossing in another $10M wouldn’t detract too much. The risk is still there and if things don’t work out, the Marlins could deal him much like they’ve dealt other free agents before. The fact of the matter is, the Marlins really can’t afford not to make this deal happen. Abreu most likely won’t win any gold gloves, but he will give the Marlins options offensively that they haven’t had in years.