Winners of two of the previous three World Series’, the San Francisco Giants built their team with pitching and timely hitting.
Now with their pitchers getting a bit older and their arms more used, the Giants are hoping to add a bit of thump around the 2012 National League MVP in Buster Posey, with one idea being the addition of powerful prospect Jose Abreu.
Abreu, who is currently in the process of becoming a resident in Haiti has MLB scouts drooling over his skills and is likely to command a deal larger than the one demanded by Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig.
According to Andrew Baggarly, the Giants are hopeful to be one of the teams in contention for Abreu’s services:
The Giants also hope to be involved on Jose Abreu, the 26-year-old power-hitting first baseman widely regarded as Cuba’s top offensive player. Abreu, a right-handed hitter, is in the process of establishing residency in Haiti or Mexico and could double the average annual value of the seven-year, $42 million that the Dodgers gave Yasiel Puig last June.
And yes, absolutely, without any question, Puig’s stunning success is driving the Giants to rethink their approach to international free agents. Hyun-Jin Ryu, too. And Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes as well.
“The risk and cost assessment has to be part of the equation,” Giants vice president Bobby Evans told me. “As for the rewards, you do look at what some of these recent high-risk signings have done. It does give you a sense of `This is the potential.’
“It does give you that desire to say, `Hey, can we get the next one?’”