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Jose Abreu | First Baseman | #79

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2013 / UDFA / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said over the weekend that he expects Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia to be with the club to open the 2018 season.
Abreu and Garcia were both shopped this winter, but the White Sox weren't blown away by any offers. "We are now basically done with an offseason during which we were able to understand what their value is out in the market," Hahn told fans and reporters at the team's annual SoxFest. "We made the assessment we were much better served as an organization to have both with us to start the 2018 season." Abreu and Garcia are both under contract through 2019, but they'll likely be dangled again this summer as the White Sox continue to try to stock up on top young talent. Jan 29 - 12:23 PM

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White Sox and 1B Jose Abreu avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $13 million contract.

Abreu batted .304/.354/.552 with 33 home runs and 102 RBI last season. He'll be under team control through 2019 before hitting free agency.
Jan 12 - 1:24 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that there's "still nothing going on" regarding the Red Sox potentially pursuing Jose Abreu in a trade.

Abreu has been connected to Boston as the Red Sox seek a power bat, but at this point he appears to be far down their priority list. With as many bats as there are available, it wouldn't make much sense for the Red Sox to trade top prospects in order to land Abreu.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 12:02:00 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI says that trade talks between the Red Sox and White Sox involving Jose Abreu have been "overstated."

Bradford also says that there has never been much traction in regards to a trade between the two clubs involving the slugger. This is likely due to a variety of reasons, but the report that the White Sox wanted "an arm and both legs" for Abreu likely didn't help. With Eric Hosmer, Carlos Santana and a few other quality free agents available, it doesn't make sense for Boston to move their top prospects at this point.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 01:01:00 PM

A source tells ESPN's Scott Lauber that the White Sox want "an arm and both legs" in a trade for first baseman Jose Abreu.

Lauber covers the Red Sox, one of the teams known to have interest in the 30-year-old. The White Sox have a reputation of aiming high in trade negotiations for their stars, dating back to recent deals for Adam Eaton and Chris Sale, among others. The other known interested parties are the Brewers and Astros. With the White Sox still rebuilding and Abreu one of their last holdovers, it makes sense that the team will deal him at some point this winter.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 05:11:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox have been in active talks with "the Red Sox and others" on a Jose Abreu trade.

Heyman notes that the Red Sox were among the finalists to sign Abreu when he defected from Cuba in 2013 and inked a six-year, $68 million contract with Chicago. The other known finalists: Milwaukee and Houston. Abreu opted into arbitration last winter and carries two more years of club control with salaries that will likely range between $14-20 million. The 30-year-old slugger batted .304/.354/.552 with 33 home runs and 102 RBI in 156 games this past season for the Pale Hose.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 11:34:00 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Monday that the club has received some trade inquiries regarding Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia.

Hahn isn't sure if the inquiries will lead anywhere, but he's open-minded as the club continues their rebuild. "We have to listen," explained Hahn. "We have to explore. We're still in the same spot that we were a year ago, in that we're focused on the long term." Abreu and Garcia make for attractive trade chips, as they both had big years in 2017 and have two years of team control remaining. Abreu batted .304/.354/.552 with 33 homers and 102 RBI over 156 games this season while Garcia broke out by hitting .330 with 18 homers and an .885 OPS in 136 games.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 09:59:00 PM

Jose Abreu homered twice and doubled against the Angels in a losing cause Tuesday.

That's 10 total bases for Abreu tonight. His teammates combined for four. Given the lack of much of anything around him this season, it's pretty amazing that Abreu has driven in 100 runs for the fourth straight year. He's even scored a career high 93 runs. He'd have a significantly higher profile elsewhere.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:31:00 PM

Jose Abreu (shin) is back in the White Sox starting lineup Tuesday night against the Angels.

Abreu will start at first base and bat third after missing two games with a sore shin. The 30-year-old slugger is slashing .304/.356/.548 with 31 home runs and 100 RBI in 150 games this season.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Jose Abreu (shin) is not in Monday's lineup against the Angels.

Abreu has now missed back-to-back starts with shin soreness, but an MRI came back clean and he's hoping to play Tuesday. Matt Davidson will cover first base duties while Rymer Liriano serves as the DH. Tyler Saladino is at third base.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 02:53:00 PM

Jose Abreu went 1-for-4 with two RBI in a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

Abreu had an RBI single in the first inning and added an RBI groundout in the seventh, driving in both of the Sox's runs. The first baseman now has four consecutive 100-RBI seasons, and he's just the third player in MLB history -- along with Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols -- with four seasons of 100 RBI and 25 homers to begin their career. Abreu is hitting .304/.356/.548 through 150 games.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 11:49:00 PM

Jose Abreu went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored versus the Tigers on Thursday.

Abreu has three four-hit games in a week, and his average is up to .308, the highest it's been since the first week of the season. He's now five RBI away from the century mark.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Jose Abreu hit two homers on Sunday in a win over the Giants on Sunday.

The two homers come the day after Abreu hit for the cycle. Homer No.1 was a two-run shot off of Madison Bumgarner in the second, and his second homer was a solo shot off of Albert Suarez in the seventh. The White Sox are terrible, but Abreu has certainly been a silver lining, with a .910 OPS and 31 homers for Chicago on the year.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 05:47:00 PM

Jose Abreu hit for the cycle as the White Sox pounded the Giants 13-1 on Saturday.

Abreu told reporters before the game that he didn't get any sleep on Friday night with Hurricane Irma bearing down on his native Cuba, but he had a definite jump in his step once he took the field on the south side of Chicago. Abreu hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning, a double in the bottom of the third, a single in the bottom of the seventh, and a two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth. The 30-year-old slugger finished the night 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. It was the sixth cycle in the 117-year history of the White Sox.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 10:09:00 PM

Jose Abreu (elbow) went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in his return to action Sunday against the Rays.

Abreu served as the designated hitter after missing three games with an elbow issue. He's now up to 27 homers and 82 RBI on the year to go along with a strong .301/.354/.540 batting line.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 08:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2Kevan Smith
3Omar Narvaez
1B1Jose Abreu
2Casey Gillaspie
2B1Yoan Moncada
2Tyler Saladino
3Dean Anna
SS1Tim Anderson
2Jose Rondon
3Jake Elmore
3B1Yolmer Sanchez
2Patrick Leonard
3Matt Skole
LF1Nick Delmonico
CF1Leury Garcia
2Charlie Tilson
3Adam Engel
4Luis Alexander Basabe
5Micker Adolfo
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Willy Garcia
3Eloy Jimenez
DH1Matt Davidson
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Rodon
2James Shields
3Reynaldo Lopez
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Lucas Giolito
6Hector Santiago
7Carson Fulmer
8Ian Clarkin
9Chris Volstad
Relief Pitcher
R1Nate Jones
2Joakim Soria
3Juan Minaya
4Danny Farquhar
5Gregory Infante
6Aaron Bummer
7Thyago Vieira
8Jace Fry
9Jose Ruiz
10Jeanmar Gomez
11Rob Scahill
12Michael Ynoa
13Bruce Rondon