Jose Abreu free agency rumors: White Sox, first baseman talking contractSporting News — (Tom Gatto)
The White Sox are working to re-sign free-agent first baseman Jose Abreu, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Friday.
The sides have discussed a long-term deal to keep Abreu in Chicago, according to Passan, who cited unnamed sources.
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Abreu, 32, is coming off a solid offensive season for the White Sox. He slashed .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs and 36 walks, good for a 119 OPS+ and 117 wRC+. He also led the American League with 123 RBIs and was named to the AL All-Star team.
As important, the Cuba native was considered a mentor to the Sox's young Latino players, in particular Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert.
The White Sox made Abreu a $17.8 million qualifying offer this week; Abreu has until Nov. 14 to accept or reject it. If he accepts the offer, then he will be considered signed for the 2020 season; if he rejects it and then signs with another team, then the White Sox will receive a compensatory draft pick.