It remains to be seen if the Giants will make a hard push for power-hitting first baseman Jose Abreu. But they’re taking a hard look. Giants GM Brian Sabean and special assistant Felipe Alou were spotted in the Dominican Republic scouting the Cuban first baseman according to Dionision Soldevila of ESPNDeportes. Abreu 26 was considered Cuba’s top hitter before defecting in July. He’s not yet cleared to sign because he hasn’t established residency in another country yet. But major league officials anticipate that he’ll be on the open market this winter and he’ll get a bigger guarantee than the seven-year $42 million deal that Yasiel Puig signed with the Dodgers last year. Abreu is older than 23 and has played at least three seasons of organized baseball in Cuba which means any funds the Giants or any other team would commit would not count toward their international signing cap.
Report: Giants GM Sabean scouting Cuban slugger Abreu
CSN Bay Area | Sep 13