Any chance the Astros get in on the bidding for him now that he is reportedly defecting from Cuba? I've read that he should be expected to sign a contract in the $70M range. I know we have Singleton in AAA as our long-term solution at first base, but now that we have DH flexibility it would be awesome to have a big-time free agent entering his prime as we start competing again.
I'm pretty doubtful that Crane would want anything to do with a contract of that size at this point, but I feel like it's time to at least start considering impact free agents, especially with the promise of our farm system and several of our recent call-ups. Maybe trying to sign an international guy to a expensive long-term contract is not the smartest move for the team, but it is certainly intriguing to think about and seems to have worked out nicely for several other teams in recent years. Anyone have any thoughts on this?