Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/13/13
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. The Marlins have two Cuban-born standouts — Jose Fernandez and Adeiny Hechavarria. Fernandez the 21-year-old pitching sensation represented Miami in the All-Star Game. The right-hander defected CUba at age 15 five years ago and he moved rapidly to the big leagues. Like Puig Fernandez is a serious candidate for top NL rookie honors.
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