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07:25 AM ET 09.18 | From Aroldis Chapman to Jose Fernandez to Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, Cuba's influence on the game is growing. Jose Dariel Abreu, the latest Cuban-born player intent on pursuing a new life in the majors, defected in August and took up residence in the Dominican Republic. ... Sources told ESPN.com that he will begin auditioning for clubs in the Dominican later this month. Cespedes recently told USA Today that Abreu shares some attributes with Miguel Cabrera, another former shortstop who outgrew the position. ... Puig signed for six years and $42 million on top of Cespedes' four-year, $36 million contract. There's speculation that Abreu might land a deal of $60 million or higher. But the people we talked to were skeptical that his skill set warrants an investment of that magnitude.

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September 18, 2013  07:35 AM ET

Go for the cheapest labor...
I noticed that Mr. Cespedes has been sucking it up pretty good lately. I remember seeing a video of him doing a 1500lb leg press and my "STEROID" alarm starting ringing. Not impossible for someone who isn't the size of lineman, but suspicious.

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September 18, 2013  08:14 AM ET
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Like Chris Davis?

Or that big lummox in Atlanta who hit the ball 480+ feet in Philly...

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September 18, 2013  08:50 AM ET

He's probably 30.

September 18, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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He's probably 30.

He's actually Bobby Abreu's father.

September 18, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Like Chris Davis?

Or Jose Bautista?

September 18, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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Go for the cheapest labor...I noticed that Mr. Cespedes has been sucking it up pretty good lately. I remember seeing a video of him doing a 1500lb leg press and my "STEROID" alarm starting ringing. Not impossible for someone who isn't the size of lineman, but suspicious.

I didn't see the video you're refering to but I'd bet that he wasn't anywhere close to doing the full range of the excersize. I can see somebody doing partial movements with that weight to avoid the joint stress.

September 18, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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Or Jose Bautista?

Or both.

 
September 18, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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I didn't see the video you're refering to but I'd bet that he wasn't anywhere close to doing the full range of the excersize. I can see somebody doing partial movements with that weight to avoid the joint stress.

Yeah, not many people take it down very far on those machines. I remember watching a college lineman trying 1200+ and losing it, it took 4 of us to get the sled back up and one guy got his ankle messed up really bad (a spotter, not the lifter). I used to mess with a bit over 1000 when younger, but I sure wasn't touching my knees to my chest.

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