Remember just a day ago when we were telling you the Texas Rangers had been named as a frontrunner for the services of Cuban slugger Jose Abreu?
Well, as Ron Burgandy likes to say: "That escalated quickly."
By Thursday evening, in the middle of the Boston Red Sox's Game 5 win in the ALCS, it was announced that Abreu had agreed to a $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox pending a physical.
Scouts' reviews of Abreu vary, but they pretty much all agree he's not a defensive player and if he is, the only thing he can play is first base. There also seems to be a hole in his swing on the inner half, which has led some folks to proclaim that the White Sox might have just paid nearly $70 million for a 4A player, someone like Jason Botts or what Chris Davis was until two years ago.
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The Rangers were interested in Abreu because of his prodigious power, but the price just likely got too steep for him, and did so in a hurry as he ended up with more money than both Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes and the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, which is a joke in itself.
So yeah, would it have been nice to get a big-time power hitter like Abreu? Sure. But did the Rangers do the right thing by not getting in the mix of a high-priced, unproven one-dimensional player? You bet they did.