Two sides of the Jose Abreu coin, first from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Paul Hoynes:
Hey, Hoynsie: Was the Tribe close to signing Jose Abreu, I didn't read anything about it. I was hoping they might be interested after missing out on Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes -- Louis Brujo, Cleveland.
Hey, Louis: They scouted him, but were never close to signing him at the kind of money the White Sox gave him. A lot of clubs felt the White Sox paid too much for Abreu at $68 million for six years. He’s reportedly not as athletic as Puig and Cespedes, more of a DH/first base type who is going to have to put up big numbers to justify the contract.
And from the Denver Post's Troy Renck:
The Rockies aggressively pursued the Cuban superstar. I reported last week that they placed multiple bids on the 6-foot-3, 250-pound slugger. The amount was unknown. This weekend, sources said the Rockies reached $63 million, just shy of the White Sox’s winning bid of six years, $68 million.
Rockies’ ownership gave clearance to spend the money on Abreu. It’s unlikely that the Rockies would reach $60 million on another free agent this winter. Abreu was unique because of his age — he’s 26 — and power. Given the success of countrymen Yoenis Céspedes and Yasiel Puig, he represented a worthy gamble.
Throughout the process, the Rockies weren't among the group repeatedly considered to be the finalists for Abreu (the Giants, Rangers, Astros, Marlins, Red Sox and White Sox). Renck reported on Oct. 20 that the Rockies made multiple offers, but even he was surprised by the $63 million figure.
If you're skeptical, that could be false hustle from the Colorado front office, giving a dollar figure that sounded close after the fact to make it look like they were willing to spend. But the more I read about the contract forecasts (and Tim Lincecum getting two years and $35 million might inflate the market even more), the more I'm inclined to believe that there might even be more teams that tried to keep up with the White Sox and came up a little short. To those teams, the Sox "paid too much." The Sox are hoping those clubs will regret not paying enough.