Rob Bradford tweets Jose Abreu to Boston was significantly overstated. Ken Rosenthal writes it’s unlikely the White Sox move him.
Jose Abreu may be staying in a Chicago White Sox uniform after all. According to Rob Bradford, talks with the Boston Red Sox were significantly overstated. Ken Rosenthal also wrote it’s unlikely Abreu is traded. That could be good news for fans.
The news isn’t much of a surprise. Rick Hahn had such a high asking price, it was tough to find a team who could swing a deal. The last report was the Sox were asking an ‘arm and both legs‘ for their stud first baseman. This led many to believe they weren’t serious about trading him.
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It appears that was correct. More likely it was the Sox couldn’t find what they deemed fair value for him. Now he’ll stay in Chicago and be the leader of this club. And this team does need a leader.
This doesn’t mean Hahn won’t entertain offers for him throughout the season. It’d be naive to think he is untouchable. The list of untouchables has grown since last season but Abreu isn’t one of those guys.
However, he has made it clear that he wants to be with the White Sox during the rebuild. That shows he is enjoying his time here, even though they haven’t done much winning. On the other hand, it’s difficult to imagine a team giving up such a haul for a guy with two years of control left.
The White Sox don’t need to trade Abreu right now. He is a key cog in their lineup and the best offensive weapon they have. He is also invaluable to have as a mentor to guys like Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez.
It’s possible Hahn is thinking about his next contract but it’s clear Abreu loves playing in Chicago and for the White Sox. So maybe that translate into a hometown discount in two seasons when he becomes a free agent. We’ll have to wait and see. But for now, Abreu will be wearing a White Sox uniform.