Bidding on Cuba defector Jose Abreu is expected to be for a $70 million deal, sources say. White Sox,Astros, Rangers viewed as frontrunners.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 16, 2013
After Kingman's great article from yesterday, I too was convinced that the Mets should pursue Abreu. However, this is exactly what I was afraid of as MLBTR conveniently points out.
Such a commitment would shatter the four-year, $36MM contract signed by Yoenis Cespedes and the seven-year, $42MM contract signed by Yasiel Puig. The success of that pairing could be a contributing factor to Abreu's lofty price tag.
Also Abreu's rumored defensive issues could be shown here in the bidding as well as all three "front-runners" have the option of playing him at DH worst case.
It's amazing what 10M can do you your mind, considering the Mets financial issues really for the last 5 years. As was mentioned in the comment section yesterday, 50M seemed like a good risk, 60M was pushing it, 70M is just over the top. While I am intrigued by his power, the Mets have a ton of holes and a collection of players who, while they may all stink, have the ability to play 1B. I expect them to go in house for 1B with someone, perhaps even a platoon, from the Davis, Duda, Flores, Satin, Murphy club.
I can't help but wonder if the best thing to do is to just let Murphy and Flores have 1B and 2B and move on to what I consider a much more pressing issue in RF and SS.