The Marlins already feature an All-Star pitcher and a slick-fielding shortstop who were born in Cuba. Perhaps the organization is prime to turn to a Cuban slugger on the international free agent market.
Jose Dariel Abreu a power-hitting first baseman is reportedly in Haiti after defecting from the Cuban national team.
Another report suggests the Marlins will make a big push for the 26-year-old once he is declared a free agent a process that could take months.
ESPN’s Jim Bowden wrote the Marlins are “expected to go all out on Abreu.”
The slugger’s asking price could be in the six-year $54 million range.
A couple of years ago the Marlins offered Yeonis Cespedes six-years $36 million before the power-hitting outfielder signed with the A’s for four-years $36 million.
Abreu projects to be the latest prized-talent to come out of Cuba. A year ago the Dodgers signed Yasiel Puig for seven-years $42 million and the outfielder is a National League Rookie of the Year frontrunner.