Abreu, a Cuban native is expected to sign with a team this offseason and some have suggested he could draw upwards of $70 million. That sum was apparently too large for the Astros, who despite reportedly throwing between $50-60 million dollars towards Abreu, fell short.
Per ESPN’s Buster Olney:
The Astros did, in fact, make a hard bid on Abreu while falling short: Heard their bid was between $50 million and $60 million.
The $50 to $60 million dollar report is more money than many expected Houston to offer for Abreu, who apparently gave it everything they had.
Earlier today, the Astros along with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox were reported as favorites to land the power hitting corner infielder though Olney said the Red Sox are not expected to sign Abreu.
Red Sox don’t expect to sign Jose Abreu; they figure he’ll be signing with another team. White Sox, Astros now seen as frontrunners.