DETROIT -- Though nothing has been made official, the Red Sox are resigned to the fact that they will not win the bidding war for Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu, despite offering the first baseman more than $40 million to sign, multiple industry sources said.
Abreu, who defected from Cuba over the summer and worked out for the Red Sox at their baseball academy in the Dominican Republic last month, is reportedly close to working out an agreement with the Chicago White Sox.
The Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants also attempted to sign Abreu, but each dropped out as the bidding intensified.
Abreu held a showcase for multiple teams in late September, after which times bids were entertained. He has great raw power, though there are some questions about his bat speed. Abreu is seen as limited defensively and may profile best as a DH.
Had the Sox won the bidding for Abreu, it wouldn't necessarily have precluded them for trying to re-sign Mike Napoli. But the opportunity to acquire power -- which has become the most sought-after skill in the game -- proved enticing, though, ultimately, too expensive for the Red Sox' tastes.