Sometimes, it pays to be loyal. Jose Abreu has been an elite hitter for pretty much his entire career. When he is healthy he puts his heart and soul into being a member of the Chicago White Sox and has shown that from the second he took his first step into that clubhouse. It wasn’t necessarily easy for him either, because he was replacing a legendary player to the organization while he was trying to come into his own. Paul Konerko was still on the team and Jose slowly but surely started to take over.
He handled that pressure with dignity and class. He has been exactly what the White Sox needed for basically his entire tenure with the team. He really wasn’t a member of the team for a single good year. They had a losing record in every single one of his seasons while he was putting up monster numbers. There is no reason not to be loyal to Jose Abreu at this point in the game.
The rebuild is almost over if it isn’t already. There is a reason they didn’t trade him in a time where they easily could have. One would argue it would have been the right thing to do when guys like Chris Sale, Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, and Melky Cabrera were all being dealt for prospect capital. Losing all of those good players made it known that some rough years were ahead and Abreu did it with a smile on his face. He deserves to see this through.