Report: Giants favorite to sign Cuban slugger Abreu

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Report: Giants favorite to sign Cuban slugger Abreu
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October 5, 2013, 5:45 pm

Giants GM Brian Sabean was spotted in the Dominican Republic scouting Jose Abreu back in September. (AP IMAGES)

Top international talent Jose Abreu is being eyed by several major league teams, but the Giants may be the favorite to land the Cuban slugger.

Sources say that San Francisco is the front runner to sign the 26-year-old first baseman, according to Joe Frisario of MLB.com.

Giants GM Brian Sabean was spotted in the Dominican Republic scouting Abreu back in September.

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Abreu is expected to hit the open market this winter and is already drawing attention from the Miami Marlins and Texas Rangers in addition to the Giants.

Major league officials anticipate that Abreu will command a bigger contract than Yasiel Puig's seven-year $42 million deal with the Dodgers.

“The risk and cost assessment has to be part of the equation,” Giants vice president Bobby Evans told CSNBayArea.com Insider Andrew Baggarly. “As for the rewards, you do look at what some of these recent high-risk signings have done. It does give you a sense of `This is the potential.’ It does give you that desire to say, `Hey, can we get the next one?’”

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