The latest on the the Jose Abreu front is that Mets sent three scouts to Santo Domingo to watch his showcase.
However, don’t let the fact that three Met scouts were on hand, give you even a faint hope that the Mets will be in the chase for this Cuban slugger. It ain’t happening. The Mets are doing a nice job of keeping up appearances, but nothing more than that.
The Marlins obviously have more than just a passing interest as their new general manager Dan Jennings led a contingent that also included international operations director Albert Gonzalez, pro scout Dave Roberts and Double-A manager Andy Barkett.
An American League scout at the showcase said he anticipates the Marlins making a serious play for Abreu, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The Red Sox had at least 10 front office members and scouts at the showcase. Kenny Williams of the White Sox, Brian Sabean of the Giants and Kevin Towers of the Diamondbacks also were among the heavy hitters present. Coming off their ungratifying season, the Rangers are in need of an Abreu-like splash as well.
There’s huge difference between legitimate interest and fleeting interest.
As for the showcase itself, it seems that one one of those teams is going to get themselves a heck of a slugger.
“He was pretty impressive,” one scout said. “The bat plays. I think the kid is going to hit. If somebody thinks he’s going to hit, they’re going to pay him a lot of money. He’s going to be a middle-of-the-order type run producer.”
“Some of those pitchers were throwing pretty good,” said another scout, who projects Abreu as a .270-30-100 talent. “In batting practice he put on a show.”
I’m looking forward to seeing who wins the battle for him…
Original Post 10/1
Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the Mets will have three scouts in Santo Domingo to watch Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu.
They will all be on hand as Abreu holds an open showcase today and tomorrow in the D.R. as reported first by Ben Badler of Baseball America..
Sherman says that the Mets still remain a longshot, but want to be sure they have full details and internal scouting on Abreu.
Baseball America’s Ben Badler wrote early Monday that the Rangers “have the inside edge if they want to sign Abreu” but the Red Sox, Nationals, Pirates, White Sox, Giants and Mets have all now been linked.
The Cuban first baseman, was officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball and is now eligible to sign with any major league club.
MLB Trade Rumors wrote before the weekend that Abreu “promises to become one of the most sought-after right-handed bats” on the free agent market and they believe that the Giants will be the heavy favorites as they look to power themselves back into the post season in 2014.
Some scouts weighed in on Cuban phenom Jose Abreu in an ESPN Insider report by Jerry Crasnick.
“He will probably develop into a middle-of-the-road first baseman with ’80’ raw power, who guesses and kills mistakes and inferior pitching but struggles against top-quality guys,” one scout said. “That’s not a bad floor, actually, and that’s the reason why he’ll get paid anyway. But he may disappoint the expectations of ‘best hitter on the planet’ that some have already placed on him.”
Another scout added, “There are 30 teams out there, and there will be people bidding for him, and it comes down to what the market will bear,” said a scout. “I’ve been shocked before. No matter what you think is going to happen, it’s usually going to be higher.”
One thing all scouts agree on is that he can step right into the majors and hit 25-35 home runs while batting anywhere between .260-.280. At 26 years old, Abreu has only touched the surface of his immense talent.
Abreu will be one of the big storylines of the offseason…