Chicago White Sox: Predicting the final 26 man roster for 2020

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Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu
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1B. Chicago White Sox. Jose Abreu. 3. player. 128.

The Chicago White Sox have seen Jose Abreu be the face of their franchise for a few years now. He was the only above-average player that wasn’t traded away during the course of their rebuild. They probably could have gotten a pretty big haul for him on the trade market but they opted to keep him in favor of adding even more prospects. That appears to have been a smart move because now they have him to lead this very young clubhouse.

He is also a very impressive player in addition to what he brings to the clubhouse. He finally had a large amount of talent around him in the lineup during the 2019 season and he showed what he can do with it by leading the American League in RBIs. He also hit 33 home runs and had a 2.4 WAR. This is an impact player that is now showing what he can do as a part of a good team. He has hit the 100 RBI mark in every season but one.

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Abreu is going to be relied on to put up big numbers again in 2020. He doesn’t necessarily have to be the team’s best player anymore but he does have to be one of the best players. That takes a lot of pressure off him which should see him excel. This is going to be a big year for Abreu who has been the one player to see this rebuild through from the beginning.