While free agent first baseman Jose Abreu doesn’t come with the defensive tools or speed of Los Angeles Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig, he will come with a similar contract. In fact, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, it’s likely Abreu’s contract will exceed that of Puig’s with bidding in the $70 million dollar range:
Bidding on Cuba defector Jose Abreu is expected to be for a $70 million deal, sources say. White Sox,Astros, Rangers viewed as frontrunners.
You’ll recall that the Dodgers inked Puig to, what was at the time, a pretty hefty six year, $42 million dollar deal which now looks incredibly team friendly considering what Abreu could go for.
The stocky first baseman, who appeared in the most recent World Baseball Classic is thought to be a more polished hitter (along with possessing more traditional power) than Puig.
It’s hard to envision a team like the Astros, despite Olney’s suggestion, coming up with the cash to pay Abreu though teams like the Rangers and White Sox should be involved in the bidding process, as will a handful of other teams. Abreu is expected to sign with a team at some point this offseason.