Cuban defector Jose Abreu agreed to a six-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Buster Olney of ESPN had said the White Sox, Astros and Rangers were viewed as the frontrunners.
The Mets sent three scouts to see Abrue’s showcase in September. A high-ranking team official told The Star-Ledger’s Jorge Castillo they were “impressed.”
However, major league sources familiar with the team’s thinking later told the Daily News that Sandy Alderson was not expected to pursue the free-agent first baseman.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Oct. 17, 6:30 am: League insiders say most teams, including the Mets, started backing off after the showcase because almost all scouts labeled him a one-dimensional player. I have yet to talk with anyone who thinks he’ll be as dynamic a player as Yoenis Cespedes or Yasiel Puig. People who have actually watched him say, while he has the potential to hit for power in the big leagues, he has massive holes in his swing that they expect will be exploited by big-league pitching. This is not to say he’ll be a bust, but it’s a big gamble for $70 million.
In a recent chat for ESPN.com, Keith Law explained: “Puig, Cespedes, and Soler were all younger when they signed and they’re all better athletes. Abreu can hit, but I don’t think he has the high impact of Puig or Cespedes and won’t have the defensive value.”
In regards to the Mets, there is some thought to suggest Abreu, Lucas Duda and Ike Davis would all deliver the same overall level of production, which Matthew Yaspan did a terrific job demonstrating in a post for Amazin Avenue. What’s more, while he can play first base, those who have watched him say Abreu will need to be a DH sooner than later.
I’m intrigued, because how could I not be? However, I just don’t see how (with a $90 million budget) it makes sense to pay $10 million a year — or more — for Duda-Davis type production when the Mets have so many other holes to fill and more proven ways to fill them.