Mets Impressed By Jose Abreu’s Power

By Danny Abriano

In a report for the Star-Ledger, Jorge Castillo notes that the Mets scouts in attendance for Jose Dariel Abreu’s showcase early last week came away impressed with his power.  Writes Castillo:

"The Mets could (be) in the market for a first baseman as they decide whether Ike Davis or Lucas Duda is the solution. They surely desire another power bat and were one of several teams on hand for Abreu’s showcase in the Dominican Republic last week. A high-ranking Mets official said the organization had “a few guys from the U.S.” and “some of our international scouts” in attendance.  And though the official had not yet spoken to the scouts directly as of Monday, the initial reports are promising. The official requested anonymity because the team’s evaluation is ongoing.  ‘I heard that his power was impressive,’ the official told The Star-Ledger."

Abreu, a first baseman who will turn 27 prior to next season, recently defected from Cuba and is free to sign with any team this off-season.  The showcase he held last week was in the Dominican Republic, and was attended by representatives from pretty much every major league club.

While the Mets seem intrigued by Abreu, it’s been reported that two of the teams expected to be serious bidders for Abreu are the Marlins and Red Sox.

Shortly after the season ended, it was reported that the Mets were stepping up their efforts and interest as it relates to the international market.  Still, it remains to be seen whether the club will make a serious attempt at landing Abreu.

Oct 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; A cart full of new batting practice balls wait for the Atlanta Braves before they take the field for warmups before game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Loa Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been rumored that Abreu will seek a deal in the range of six years and $60 million dollars, and any team who makes that commitment (or one that’s similar) will be banking on Abreu’s bat, and how his numbers in Cuba will translate to the majors.  Unlike recent Cuban free agents Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig, Abreu’s value lies solely with his offensive potential.

Presently, the Mets have Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Josh Satin, and perhaps Wilmer Flores as internal first base options for next season.  The team is searching for a young, impact power bat, and would likely have to part with prized prospects in order to land a player such as Troy Tulowitzki or Giancarlo Stanton.

If Mets scouts feel that Abreu’s bat will make him a difference maker in the big leagues, perhaps the team will take a chance on him instead of dealing prospects for an already established major leaguer.

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