Cuban defector José Abreu is the most intriguing free agent in baseball this winter. Like recent fellow expats Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig curiosity exists over what the 26-year-old first baseman will command on the free-agent market and whether he can quickly justify what will likely be an expensive contract.

The Mets could in the market for a first baseman as they decide whether Ike Davis or Lucas Duda is the solution. They surely desire another power bat and were one of several teams on hand for Abreu’s showcase in the Dominican Republic last week. A high-ranking Mets official said the organization had “a few guys from the U.S.” and “some of our international scouts” in attendance.

And though the official had not yet spoken to the scouts directly as of Monday the initial reports are promising. The official requested anonymity because the team’s evaluation is ongoing.

"I heard that his power was impressive" the official told The Star-Ledger.

That is Abreu’s obvious strength — his raw strength. The first baseman played five seasons in the Cuban Serie Nacional. In 2010 he produced one of the best offensive seasons in Cuban history hitting .453/.597/.986 with a league-record 33 home runs and 93 runs batted in 66 games. A shoulder injury sidelined Abreu for 23 games. He was named the league’s MVP.

Last season he posted a .387/.535/.735 slash line with 13 home runs and 37 walks in 42 games (the Cuban season was shortened).

In the 2013 World Baseball Classic Abreu went 9-for-25 with three home runs and nine runs batted in. The performance wasn’t against top competition however. Cuba played Brazil China Japan and Chinese Taipei once and the Netherlands twice before bowing out in the second round of the tournament.