White Sox: Three reasons to keep Jose Abreu this offseason
The first two slides are of course very true and important reasons to keep Abreu. He is class personified and a great leader. With all of that said, the most important side of this business is winning. All of those intangibles that Abreu brings are awesome, but you need to be able to play to stick in this league and Abreu can play. He has been the best hitter on this team for a long time and he no longer even has to be.
There are so many better players hitting before and after him in the lineup now that it makes his job even easier. The White Sox took a large step in 2019 and it was in large part because Jose Abreu led the American League with 123 RBIs. The RBI title is no joke and he should be celebrated for being such a good hitter. He also slashed .284/.330/.503 and had 33 home runs. It was a sensational season for Abreu and the White Sox would love to see similar numbers to that in the middle of their lineup in 2020.
With guys like Moncada, Robert, Jimenez, and Anderson in the lineup, it would be okay if he regresses just a little bit and is only the third or fourth-best hitter on the team now. His big bat in the middle of the lineup is a must-have for the White Sox next season. It will be a long time before they don’t really need him anymore. He makes an impact on the field even more than he does off the field so that is the number one reason that Rick Hahn needs to make it a sure thing that Abreu is back next year.