Abreu, 26, was officially declared a free agent on Saturday. The power-hitting first baseman, who defected in August, hit .382/.535/.735 with 13 home runs over 42 games in the shortened 2012-2013 Serie Nacional season, his last in Cuba. He also hit three home runs in 25 at-bats during the World Baseball Classic in March.
One club official told Gammons that Abreu will net "at least $50 million" on the open market this winter -- which would be a record -- and that a number of teams could end up making offers in that range. The Giants, Rangers, Red Sox, Mets and Pirates have all been tied to the lumbering slugger alongside the Marlins.
Miami isn't exactly known for their free-spending ways -- 2011 being the outlier -- but Gammons believes that the move, if they're willing to fork over the necessary money, "makes sense" for the club. The Marlins have just $3.2 million tied up in guaranteed payroll for 2014, according to Baseball Prospectus, so it's not as though the club is without available funds to sign Abreu.