Contemplating Jose Abreu’s place in White Sox rebuild

12 Sep , 2017 Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jose Abreu’s recent tear which has him steamrolling toward a fourth consecutive season of 25 or more homers and 100 or more RBI has the White Sox feeling good knowing their first baseman is under contract for two more seasons, even though they may not be equipped to contend until after his six-year deal is up.

Which begs the question, will Abreu be with the Sox after his contract runs out? Or more immediately, will he get traded before it runs out?

It might make sense for general manager Rick Hahn to entertain offers this offseason not only for Abreu but right fielder Avisail Garcia, who is enjoying his best season but is also under club control through 2019.

The Sox have well-regarded outfield prospects Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Blake Rutherford in their pipeline, and they drafted two slugging corner infielders in the 2017 draft, first-rounder Jake Burger and over-slot second rounder Gavin Sheets. And Abreu will be 33 when he signs his next big contract, which could be an expensive deal should he continue at the steady, productive pace he’s on now.

The only knock against Abreu’s game is his defense, which has probably improved somewhat with hard …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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