Luis Robert has a chance to be a Chicago White Sox all-time great before he’s done.
So far in his young career, Luis Robert has an average of 6.8 WAR per 162 games which is the same total as Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod finished his career with 117.5 career WAR. I don’t think that Robert will reach that total but once he starts playing full seasons he’s going to put up some incredible numbers in that department.
He has the potential to be the Cuban Mike Trout except that he’s already beaten Trout in one department, winning his first gold glove in 2020 (something Trout has never done). Robert’s career may end up being a cross between Mike Trout and Andruw Jones.
It’s too early to push too crazy of expectation on this guy but he definitely has Hall of Fame potential. Despite all the criticism Rick Hahn has gotten from myself and others, he absolutely nailed it with this signing. Team owner Jerry Reinsdorf has talked about Robert being a future Hall of Famer as well.
Jose Abreu is one of the greatest players in the history of the Chicago White Sox.
At 34 years old and with 27.7 WAR, 226 home runs, and a single MVP award, it’s not going to be easy for Abreu to make the Hall of Fame. However, his Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa did say he was one of the greatest players in the history of Major League baseball so that definitely helps.
Statistically, he’s had a pretty similar career to fellow AL Central First Baseman Paul Konerko and Justin Morneau so far. They are both great players but they fell a few great seasons short of being in the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame voters might be easier on Jose Abreu given that he wasn’t allowed to play in the Majors until age 27 do to restrictions from the Cuban government but I also believe he’ll have a hard time getting elected as a first baseman without at least 350 home runs and 2,000 hits. Getting there will require at least four more good seasons after this one. I don’t know if it will happen for Jose Abreu but he’d have my vote regardless.