White Sox veteran first baseman Jose Abreu could be traded this offseason as he could be a fit for many teams in 2018. Will South Siders make another big trade?
Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox has been very valuable to the team since his rookie season in 2014. The 30-year-old perhaps had his most important season in a Sox uniform in 2017 as he became a leader for many of the younger players.
With a relatively quiet offseason thus far, the Sox have a trade chip in Abreu. Although Abreu has previously stated he would like to play his entire career with the Sox, general manager Rick Hahn has stated no player is untouchable this offseason. So far, Abreu is turning into a popular trade target for other teams.
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The first baseman free agent market consists of Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana as the headliners. Hosmer and Santana could command high salaries which could scare off many teams. Abreu, however, has two years remaining of team control. This could be attractive to a team that is contending now.
Mark Polishuk looks at which teams match up well in a potential trade for Abreu this offseason. With many teams in need of a power-hitting first baseman, Polishuk mentions that Abreu is worth his projected hefty arbitration raise of $37 million combined over the next two years. Polishuk also identifies 13 teams that could be potential matches for a trade of Abreu.
Rob Bradford of WEEI Boston believes the Red Sox should be working to trade for Abreu. Despite attractive free agent options in Hosmer and J.D. Martinez, Bradford believes acquiring Abreu will give the Red Sox greater financial flexibility. Bradford also wonders where the Red Sox would be currently if they had paid more to sign Abreu when he was an international free agent in 2013.
Jake Mastroianni from Around The Fog Horn believes the Giants should take a chance and trade for Abreu. Although the Giants have a popular first baseman amongst their fans in Brandon Belt, Mastroianni mentions that Abreu is simply much better. Mastroianni believes Abreu could help the Giants now more than Belt could.