You wonder if Cuba is even trying to keep their baseball talent on the island anymore, or if there’s any reason to try. According to the Associated Press, Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu has found his way off the cigar island and will soon be showing up on the shores of the United States and the riches that Major League Baseball brings. The article offered few details:
The weekly Trabajadores newspaper reported Monday that Abreu departed Cuba “illegally and silently” for a Caribbean nation, most likely Haiti or the Dominican Republic. No further details were provided.
Abreu is big, and has popCredit: radiorebelde.cu
Abreu joins high profile young Cuban-born MLB players such as Yasiel Puig, Jose Fernandez, and Yoenis Cespedes as the latest superstar to join the major league ranks.
So the next question is, who is his agent, and where will he sign. The first I’m sure will be answered shortly, the latter will be “who has the money”. The New York Yankees come to mind, as their free agent acquisitions have been stale lately, and their fans are hungry for something to reinvigorate the base.
Abreu was a star in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, with 3 HR (tied for the Classic lead) and 9 RBI (trailed David Wright by only one). The 26-year-old is 6’3″, 250 pounds and should have power to project in any league.
- David Whitlock
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