Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 8/13/13
The Guru Contributing Writer The El Nuevo Herald of Miami has reported that slugging first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has defected from Cuba. The 6-foot-3, 240 pound, right-handed Abreu was called "the best hitter in the world" by Grantland.com. That is no exaggeration. In 2011, Abreu hit .453 with 33 home runs, 93 RBI and 79 runs scored in just 212 at-bats. Here's some evidence of Abreu's power from this years World Baseball Classic. Wouldn't that look nice in the Red Sox lineup? The first base situation in Boston will be unsettled once this season ends. The Sox signed free agent Mike Napoli in the offseason for three years, but the contract was reduced to one year when a hip condition was discovered. He'll be free to test the market again. Also, there are no hot first base prospects currently marinating in the Sox system. Abreu might be the solution. General manager Ben Cherington surely has his eye turned towards Haiti, the Dominican Republic, or wherever Abreu is at the...
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