White Sox: 5 Bold Predictions for 2019 Season
Jose Abreu Won’t Get Contract Extension
Many Sox fans would welcome the franchise signing Jose Abreu to a contract extension. He’s been a consistent offensive threat since his rookie season in 2014. He became just the third MLB player to begin his career with 25 or more home runs and 100 or more RBIs in each of his first four seasons.
He’s also been a great mentor for the younger Latin players in the Sox clubhouse over the past few years. Abreu absolutely deserves a new contract with the Sox. A contract that would allow him to retire with the team and possibly be a part of the next contender on the south side.
Unfortunately, MLB is a business and the Sox have yet to offer Abreu a contract extension. It could very well lead to the franchise allowing him to leave via free agency after the end of this season. With first baseman Paul Goldschmidt signing an extension after being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, Abreu could be in high demand as a free agent if he has a good year with the Sox.
As each day passes by without a contract extension from the Sox to Abreu, it appears more likely that 2019 will be his final season with the franchise. The bold prediction for Abreu is that he enters free agency after the end of this season. This is a prediction I would like to be wrong about but the Sox front office doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in me that they will do what’s right and ensure Abreu receives a much-deserved contract extension.