That collective noise you just heard was Major League Baseball general managers picking up their phone in mass to call the agent of now free agent, Jose Abreu.
The powerful first baseman, after attempting to declare residency Haiti (which he was successful in doing) is now free to sign with any team in the league and should get a pretty penny for doing so.
Some scouts have said that Abreu could very well fetch a contract more lucrative than that of Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig and it’s with good reason as Abreu, who took part in the somewhat recent World Baseball Classic ripped it apart, hitting .360 with three home runs and nine RBI in just six games.
That said – the 26-year-old doesn’t come with the defensive tools or speed of a Puig, but from an offensive standpoint, he’s just as talented – likely even more as he’s considered far more polished at the dish.
The clamoring for Abreu will be heavy and the San Francisco Giants have already shown interest in the 6’2 slugger.