I think I read somewhere that if we stay under the luxury tax limit this year we get a huge boost in revenue sharing money. We can sign Abreu and still stay under the luxury tax limit ( I think ) especially if we let some of the Drew / Salty / Ellsbury / Napoli mix go.
I doubt we resign all of those guys. We are probably replacing our $9 mil SS with a $500,000 SS. We are probably letting Ellsbury go. We don't have a lot of needs. I sense that we will be major players for Abreu. All the stars seem to be aligning.
Someone said recently on soxprospects that Abreu is mainly a obp and power guy. I agree on that front. The guy will get 30-40 HBP a year. His OBP could well top .400 according to his past numbers. Even if he hits .260 he could be a huge addition to this team. A possible 40 HR bat who gets on base at a .400 clip. The guy is a moose. Not quite Frank Howard but in that direction. He should be able to cover the plate well and pull a lot of balls most players would not be able to reach, especially since he crowds the plate so much. He's made for Fenway from what little I've seen of him. I think we go higher than $60 mil to sign him if necessary.
He's a wrist injury waiting to happen though also. And he may well be a Lavarnway type bat who will get busted inside over and over and not get the numbers most of us expect. Still, I'm willing to pull the trigger on him because the payoff is potentially off the charts.
We've got to be thinking about moving on this guy and most other top market teams do not need a 1st baseman. Also, he slots right in as a DH as he ages or gets too out of shape. After Ortiz leaves. The stars are aligning on this one. The Yanks and Dodgers probably are not playing on this deal.