Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu leads American League in RBI

Joshua Finkelstein
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Jose Abreu is having a very good season with the Chicago White Sox and there’s a good chance he will be the American League leader for RBI in 2019 as well.

Jose Abreu currently owns the league lead for RBI in what could be his final season with the Chicago White Sox. His 115 RBI is eight higher than his next closest competitors at 107 (Rafael Devers and Jorge Soler).

Xander Bogaerts is right behind them at 106 and had Mike Trout not gone down with a foot injury, he would be much closer if not ahead of Abreu.

Trout still has 104 RBI and is expected to return on Friday as can be seen in an MLB.com video and article written by Rhett Bollinger. The outfielder would likely pose the biggest threat to Abreu not finishing with the AL RBI lead.

In the race for the major league RBI lead, Abreu trails three players in the National League with Josh Bell having 116 RBI while both Anthony Rendon and Freddie Freeman are tied for the NL RBI lead at 117.

Abreu, 32, is also attempting to eclipse his previous career-high in homers of 36, currently having 32 with 16 games left in the season.

His slash line in 2019 has been superb too, as it currently sits at .285/.332/.515 to give himself a 122 OPS+ and 2.4 bWAR.

The first baseman has accomplished a lot this season, also having eclipsed 1,000 career hits, 200 doubles, and 600 RBI for his career.

As to whether or not he will be in a White Sox uniform in 2020, that remains to be seen.

With the team looking to transition into a new era of young talent, Abreu could be viewed more as part of the past rather than the future.

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However, Jose Abreu could still provide a lot of value offensively to the Chicago White Sox as someone who draws attention from pitchers in the lineup card and could be a good leader for the younger players trying to adjust to the league.

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