Buster Olney reports that bidding on Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu is expected to be for $70 M.
Olney also says that the White Sox, Rangers, and Astros are the front runners in that update. Tim Dierkes of MLBTR profiled Abreu yesterday, and predicted a six year, $54 M deal. Obviously this would trump that deal, although it would be interesting to hear how many years the $70 M deal is for. If it's a six year deal, then Abreu would be in line to receive a little over $11.5 M per year.
The Pirates would have the money to sign Abreu, but we don't know what their level of interest is. So far we've only heard that they've checked on him, but they haven't been mentioned as one of the top teams going after him. The MLBTR article s...
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