Apr 3, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar (5) is caught in a rundown by Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) during the third inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
In his first 12 at-bats for the Chicago White Sox, first baseman Jose Abreu is already starting to pay off for the “Good Guys.”
Abreu, in a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins, has compiled five hits, five RBIs, two walks and has struck out just once in his MLB debut.
By the way, Abreu is batting .417, with the rookie gaining four RBIs in a 10-9 loss against the Twins Thursday in a game where he hit a double and triple. His on-base percentage is .533, while his slugging percentage sits at .750.
This offseason, Abreu was the “belle of the ball” so to speak, as he was given offers from many teams throughout MLB, but it was the White Sox who were the highest bidder. They landed him with a six-year, $68 million contract, as he defected from Cuba.
Abreu was an acquisition that more than a few teams wanted because of his play in the World Baseball Classic and other international tournaments.
After three games – and yes, I know, it is still very early – do you feel Abreu is worth that kind of money?
From what we had to watch last year with the White Sox being the third-worst team in all of baseball, the addition of Abreu has been not only a spark, but an entire forest fire.
Think about it. He had a four-RBI game in just his third MLB game ever, and three of those batted-in runs came from the aforementioned triple.
Abreu has brought hope (and timely RBIs) to the White Sox after just three games this season. Though the home runs haven’t come yet, the sense of hope he and other offseason additions (Adam Eaton being another) bring after the disappointing 99-loss season that was 2013 doesn’t have a price tag.