Marlins out of Abreu sweepstakes

MIAMI — The Marlins did their diligence and made a strong push for Jose Dariel Abreu. But with a number of other teams in the bidding, Miami on Thursday pulled out of the sweepstakes for the Cuban slugger.

The Marlins heavily scouted the 26-year-old first baseman.

Teams made blind bids for Abreu about a week ago to get an indication of his value.

Initially, the cost for Abreu was believed to be in the $45 million to $60 million range. But, according to reports, his price tag was rising to close to $70 million.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the White Sox were closing in on a six-year, $68 million deal. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported the deal was done, pending completion of a physical. The Red Sox and Astros were finalists, and the Rangers also had strong interest.

Abreu is considered a power bat to hit in the middle of any order.

With Abreu no longer an option, the Marlins will look in other areas to address their offensive needs.

Logan Morrison is the incumbent to remain at first base.

Joe Frisaro

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