08/22/13 - Philly.com - Cuban 1B Jose Abreu establishing residency in Haiti
Jose Dariel Abreu, who defected from Cuba two weeks ago, is working to
establish residency in Haiti, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
The big first baseman needs to jump through a bunch of hoops before he can
officially be declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, and
establishing residency in a nearby country is a big one. Once Abreu gets
his paperwork through with the Haitian government, his next step will be to
seek clearance from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and
Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports reported last week that Abreu had chosen
Paver Shapiro Sports Management as his representation, and that he'd likely
hold a showcase for MLB clubs some point in September. However, Sanchez
hears that Abreu does not have a showcase scheduled at this time, and that
he's unlikely to be deemed a free agent until sometime this offseason, so
teams will not be able to negotiate with him if/when he holds a workout
A slugger of the big, lumbering variety, the 26-year-old Abreu was one of
the premier sluggers in Cuba's Serie Nacional, mashing to the tune of
382/.535/.735 in 2012-2013. U.S. teams and fans got a quick glimpse of
Abreu during the spring's World Baseball Classic, where he hit three
home runs in 25 at-bats.
Because he is over 23 years old and played at least three seasons in Cuba's
top league, Abreu is not beholden to the international spending limits that
typically keep signings in the high six and low seven figures. Like Yasiel
Puig and Yoenis Cespedes before him, It's been rumored that Abreu could
command a record contract for a Cuban defector, possibly something in the
$60 million range.
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