After defecting from his native Cuba, first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has chosen Barry Praver and Bart Hernandez of Praver Shapiro Sports Management to represent him, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). The agency represents such high-profile Cuban defectors as Adeiny Hechavarria, Livan Hernandez, Yunesky Maya, and Jorge Soler.
The first order of business for Abreu's agents will surely be to secure free agent status for the slugging righty. Passan further reports that Abreu will put on a September showcase for big league clubs. He also estimates (on Twitter) that bidding will likely land Abreu the largest contract ever for a Cuban ballplayer, and could result in a guarantee in excess of $60MM.