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José Abreu is attracted to the Florida teams

The Astros and Padres are among the teams that have shown interest in José Abreu, but one team official told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that he has a feeling the free-agent first baseman is “intrigued by the possibility of being in one of playing the two”. Florida Teams”. Abreu has a home in South Miami.

Both the Rays and Marlins need a hitter and have room at first. The question, as Rosenthal pointed out, is whether either will be willing to pay what Abreu is worth. The two teams are usually among the lowest spending clubs in the majors.

The Marlins made some noise in free agency last year when they signed Avisaíl García and Jorge Soler to multi-year deals, but neither move paid off in 2022. García and Soler combined to hit .217 with 21 home runs in 686 plate appearances, posting a combined game. 0.0 WAR, according to FanGraphs.

The Rays, for their part, showed interest in first baseman Freddie Freeman last March, before he signed a six-year, $162 million deal with the Dodgers. Tampa Bay also reportedly offered Freeman a six-year contract.

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