Rangers evaluating Cuban first baseman Abreu

Rangers evaluating Cuban first baseman Abreu

Rangers evaluating Cuban first baseman Abreu

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rangers have begun doing their homework on Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu and are planning to attend a showcase for him later this month in the Dominican Republic.

Last month, Abreu defected from Cuba, where he was one of the premier power hitters in the Cuban National Series. He also hit .360, with three home runs and nine RBIs in the World Baseball Classic last spring.

The Rangers will go into the offseason looking for ways to upgrade their offense, and first base could be an area of focus. Mitch Moreland went into Tuesday's game hitting .234 with 22 home runs and 57 RBIs in 133 games.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.