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After narrowing list, Abreu may be near deal

After narrowing list, Abreu may be near deal

After narrowing list, Abreu may be near deal

Not long after narrowing his list of possible destinations to three teams on Thursday, Cuban slugger Jose Abreu appeared close to finalizing a six-year, $68 million deal with a team believed to be the White Sox, according to an industry source.

The Astros, Red Sox and White Sox first emerged as the front-runners to sign the 26-year-old first baseman to a deal, with the Rangers, Giants and Marlins among the teams to express strong interest before falling out of the running.

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A known commodity on the international scene, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound, right-handed batter hit .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs in six games in this year's World Baseball Classic. He's a former MVP in Cuba, where he had one of the best seasons in league history in 2010-11, hitting .453 with 33 home runs and 93 RBIs in just 66 games.

Abreu defected from Cuba in August and established residency in Haiti -- the first step toward becoming a free agent -- last month. He was later unblocked by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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