The big first-baseman the Red Sox are lusting after is a little closer to playing in Major League Baseball. Cuban star Jose Abreu has established residency in Haiti—the initial step to qualify for free agency. And just so the federal bureaucracy has something to do before the upcoming government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has "unblocked" the 26-year old slugger (whatever that means). Boston and San Francisco have been linked to Abreu—and both are expected to attend his workout at the end of September. Abreu is a former MVP in the Cuban professional league, and hit .360 in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Let's hope the Red Sox spend a little of this year's unexpected playoff money to land the 6-3, 250 pound star over the Winter.