To Jim Crane’s left sat the slugger who will lengthen his lineup, make it deeper than any in the American League and address the most obvious offseason need for the defending World Series champions. José Abreu arrived a week before baseball’s winter bonanza, but he won’t preclude Crane from craving more.
Crane masqueraded as a general manager throughout November and netted two of baseball’s most lucrative deals. Two days after parting ways with James Click, Crane engineered a three-year, $34.5 million deal with reliever Rafael Montero. Abreu’s three-year, $58.5 million contract is perhaps the most consequential signing by any team thus far.