White Sox: Top 5 Free Agent Signings in Franchise History
Jose Abreu is the only player on this list that is still an active member of the Sox. The Sox surprised many around baseball when they signed the Cuban slugger to a six-year, $68 million after the end of the 2013 season.
Since his rookie season in 2014, Abreu has been one of the best offensive players for the Sox. He won AL Rookie of the Year in 2014 and made an appearance in the All-Star Game that year. Abreu hasn’t been on a Sox team that has reached the postseason, unfortunately. However, his presence has been important for the Sox on and off the field.
Abreu made history in first four seasons with the Sox. He joined Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio as the only players in MLB history to began a career with 25 or more home runs and 100 or more RBIs in their first four seasons. Despite being selected to his second career All-Star Game in 2018, Abreu was unable to repeat the historic feat for a fifth consecutive season.
2019 could be the final season for Abreu in a Sox uniform. He’s been a tremendous mentor for younger Spanish-speaking players on the Sox and helped the franchise to sign International Free Agent Luis Robert. Over his five seasons with the Sox, Abreu has hit 146 home runs and owns a .295/.353/.516 slash line with a .869 career OPS. Hopefully, 2019 isn’t the end for Abreu with the Sox as he’s easily the best free agent they’ve signed in franchise history.