The Chicago White Sox have had a very disappointing season that is going to end with them outside of the playoffs. Unfortunately, that also leaves lots of questions surrounding some of the fan favorites on the roster.
That includes Jose Abreu who has been one of the best players on the team since he arrived in 2014. It wasn’t easy to be Paul Konerko’s replacement but he was arguably better during his tenure. Abreu will go down as one of the best White Sox players ever.
Abreu is a free agent at the end of this year so there is a chance that he is staring down his final few games in a Chicago White Sox uniform. There are a lot of people that are wondering if he is going to take his talents somewhere else or remain with the only club that he knows.
Luis Robert was asked if Abreu should return in 2023 ahead of their second game with the Minnesota Twins. To nobody’s surprise, he thinks that he absolutely should come back. Abreu is the man in that clubhouse and has everyone’s respect.
Luis Robert wants Jose Abreu to be a part of the Chicago White Sox in 2023.
There isn’t a player in that room that would say anything bad about Abreu. He is one of the most well-respected veterans in the entire league. This is because he has been elite on the field and amazing off of it as well. All young baseball players should look up to him.
Seeing what he means to Luis Robert should be extra important to the White Sox. He is the future of this team and they need to make sure that he is happy as well. If Abreu means so much to him, that is a reason to consider keeping him.
Of course, there is a bit of a risk with keeping Abreu. He is an aging player that has seen a slip in his power during the 2022 season. It would be nice, however, to see him get another chance to prove that it was just a down year for everyone which is certainly possible.
If Abreu does stay, you can bet that the White Sox will make moves to address the fact that they have so many DH/1B type guys on the roster creating a log jam.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring back someone who let the team in hitting amongst a bunch of other categories. It is nice to know that other teammates are publically saying it out loud too. Regardless of what happens, we can only hope that the decision makes the team better.