The White Sox have set the asking price high in team’s pursuit of Jose Abreu. ESPN’s Scott Lauber writes the asking price is an ‘arm and both legs.’
The Chicago White Sox have been entertaining trade offers for slugger Jose Abreu. The Boston Red Sox have interest but can they meet the asking price? According to Scott Lauber of ESPN, Red Sox brass feel Abreu would fit well within their organization. But the Sox are asking for an ‘arm and both legs’ in any potential deal.
Remember, Boston surrendered Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech last offseason for Chris Sale. As Lauber notes, they may not have the talent necessary to strike such a deal. They currently only have two top 100 prospects, according to MLBPipeline.
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Rick Hahn is doing everything he can to improve this roster. Even if it means making tough decisions and getting rid of veteran players. Abreu would be missed by the club. He is a leader in the clubhouse and has been the White Sox best offensive weapon since he arrived in 2014. Not many players have hit 25 or more runs and driven in 100 or more RBIs in their first four major league seasons.
Realistically the White Sox do not need to move on from Abreu. That could be why they have such an astronomical asking price. However, we thought the same about Sale and Jose Quintana. And Hahn and company got exactly what they wanted in both of those deals. You can also say the same for Adam Eaton. No one would have guessed Hahn would be able to strike the type of talent he did for Eaton.
Abreu is going to be 31 in January and has two years of arbitration before he becomes a free agent. That means a team trading for his services would only have two seasons of control. He is projected to earn $17.9 million in arbitration. The White Sox would certainly hate to lose a guy of Abreu’s stature. However, this is about the future. If trading him can give the organization a better outlook, then it makes the most sense.