As has been widely reported, 26-year old Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu has defected with the intention of becoming a free agent in Major League Baseball. He is currently in Haiti, and Jesse Sanchez is a little miffed that he didn't get the scoop this time around. Abreu has probably been one of the best hitters in la Serie Nacional for a few years now. I'll have more on him later, but my brief thoughts are as follows:
- Abreu can absolutely mash.
- He's going to get paid. (I'll set the initial over/under at $90 million.)
- It could be a while before he becomes eligible to sign. Like, maybe up to a year. There is no doubt that he is old enough to be exempt from MLB's spending restrictions, but the treasury department isn't always prompt on these matters.
- No, Anthony Rizzo can't play left.
Alexander Guerrero Bidding Back Open?
While it's a good rule of thumb that agreements with Latin-American IFAs reported prior to a player becoming eligible are all but done deals, there are exceptions. Dionisio Soldevila previously had SS/2B Alexander Guerrero agreeing to a seven-year, $32 million deal with the Dodgers. That struck me as fairly low, and it appears that other teams agree. The latest word is that another team has made him a better offer (read: Twins), and a third team may still be in, as well. I would not be disappointed if the Cubs are that other team. Guerrero is still waiting on clearance from the OFAC. I hope to have more on him in the coming days.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Hurt?
A week ago, the Phillies had reportedly agreed to a deal worth at least $48 million with Cuban right-handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Now it seems that the deal has hit a snag. Speculation seems to be centered on an elbow issue. Gonzalez previously dealt with bone spurs in his elbow while pitching in Cuba. The Cubs were said to be interested if his price were to drop, though we've heard no word on that front lately. The Phils originally outbid the Red Sox for Gonzalez.