Originally posted on Around Citi  |  Last updated 10/9/13
Jose Abreu has made waves for himself akin to Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig before him as the latest Cuban defector to try his hand at stardom in Major League Baseball. The soon-to-be 27-year-old slugging first baseman profiles as a prolific power hitter with defense that projects to land him as a designated hitter before long. Abreu has monster power. The Cuban export once smashed home runs in six consecutive games and blasted off for 35 home runs in only 87 games for the Cienfuegos during the 2011-2012 season. Abreu has the type of power that could change a franchise similar to the way that Puig’s presence coincided with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ surge earlier this year. The New York Mets have money to spend this winter in an attempt to improve their 74-loss team into an 89-win club that could seek, at minimum, a Wild Card berth next season. As evidenced by the Boston Red Sox, a change of this magnitude isn’t impossible. The Mets need to replace their below-replacement and replac...
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