2. Trade Value
Jose Abreu might never have higher trade value than he will have over the next year and a half. He is coming off a season in which he won the American League RBI title. That is no joke as he is starting to really show what he can do when there is some significant talent around him. He is still in his prime for a few more years so a true contender might pay a premium for his limited time services.
The White Sox believe that will be a contender in 2020 but they still have to go out there and prove it. There might be a team out there that has already proven it that is just a Jose Abreu level bat away from winning the World Series. A team like that might trade an A+ level prospect over to the White Sox for Abreu. The White Sox may believe they are close to a championship level team despite not proving it yet so maybe they don’t see it this way but it is definitely something to think about.
It is really hard to see a player that is 32 years old and will be 33 by Opening Day get any better. He might coast around this current elite level for a few more years but they might be smart to let him go before he starts to decline hard.