- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 255 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 1/29/1987 (32)
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $16 million deal. An injury limited Abreu to just 128 games in 2018, and statistically it was his worst year in his five years in the big leagues. The Cuban hit .265/.325/.473 with a career-low .798 OPS, 22 home runs and 78 RBI for the Pale Hose. With Yonder Alonso likely to play first base most days in 2019, Abreu should be ticketed for designated hitter duties if he isn't traded. Assuming good health, Abreu should be able to bounce back for fantasy owners. He'll remain a top-10 fantasy first baseman, but at the low end of the spectrum.
The Chicago White Sox have no intentions of trading first baseman Jose Abreu despite acquiring first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians on Friday. Abreu's season ended prematurely in 2018 due to injury, and he hit .265/.325/.473 with a career-low 22 home runs, 78 RBI and 68 runs scored in a career-low 128 games. It was the first time in Abreu's five-year career that he failed to reach the 100-RBI mark on a rebuilding Chicago team, and it was just the second time in his five seasons that he didn't hit 30 or more homers. A healthier season could easily see him return to the 30-homer, 100-RBI mark, as well as an improved lineup around him.
Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said first baseman Jose Abreu (thigh) is done for the rest of the season. Abreu had a rough second half after needing surgery for testicular torsion and then going to the hospital with a severe infection in his thigh. Overall, the slugging Cuban hit .265/.325/.473 with 22 home runs, 78 RBI, 68 runs scored and two stolen bases for a rebuilding White Sox club. They are disappointing numbers for his standards, but Abreu could approach the 30-homer mark again in 2019 with better health and a better lineup around him.