Fans of the Cleveland Guardians got bad news when it was revealed Jose Abreu had signed with the Houston Astros.
Fans of the Cleveland Guardians are hoping the team makes some big moves this off-season. One of those moves was the proposed signing of former Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. The former Chi-Sox player took a three-year deal with the Houston Astros, opting to join the reigning World Series champions.
It was a move that most fans in Cleveland were quite mad about, namely because it appeared as though the Guardians didn’t even try to make a play for a player that could seemingly help the squad out in the power department. A department that is most assuredly hiring.
Well, it turns out that Abreu did in fact get an offer from the Guardians, for a similar three-year deal, at least according to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com. While the Guards may have offered the same amount of time, the Astros offered $58.5 million, we’re not sure if the team offered nearly as much.
It’s very likely the deals were similar but Abreu choose the Astros simply due to their recent success. It’s also possible the Guards deal was lacking financially, though that’s just speculation.
The Cleveland Guardians are trying to be active and that’s good at least
While fans will demand the Guardians “come through” in free agency, the fact is that the team can only do so much and can only spend so much. The financials in baseball is unlike any other sport, as they don’t have a salary cap or good revenue-sharing systems in place.
The team can only make so much headway in free agency and players know that. The fact the club is at least trying to land some guys is a strong sign that the team isn’t going to just run it back with the same team from last year. They’re going to make some moves, just who and when are up in the air.