I believe it is safe to say, the White Sox are not going to be contenders next season. Yes, we have seen crazy things happen before, but in reality do you see the South Siders contending in the Central?
Chicago has recently found a new energy, thanks to the cross-town rival Cubs. The White Sox however, are like “that kid” sitting next to the popular kid at school. If you don’t remember, the White Sox started out 13-10 to begin the season, but ended up finishing the season 67-95. The team ended up trading their best starting pitcher, Jose Quintana, to their rivals up north. Six days later, they traded third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to the Yankees. Melky Cabrera, the long time veteran who was manning left field for Chicago, was also traded to division-rival Kansas City. The only solid star left was the Cuban stud first baseman, Jose Abreu.
Jose Abreu, a long time star in Cuban baseball, struck a 6 year, $10 million deal with the White Sox back in 2014. Abreu has been tearing it up every year since his debut, and is now finding himself in trade discussions once again this offseason. Many teams have interest in him, not surprisingly. A recent report by insider Jon Heyman, stated that teams such as the Red Sox have been in active talks with Chicago about their first baseman. The Red Sox and White Sox have been good trading partners as of late, including the blockbuster deal that sent ace Chris Sale to Boston for top prospect Yoan Moncada almost a year ago.
If this is true, it would not be hard at all to believe Boston would be in the market for a power-hitting first baseman. The Red Sox currently have an open hole at that position, now that Mitch Moreland is a free agent. There are always other free agent options, such as Eric Hosmer. One big motive for going after a player such as Abreu, is that he is a cheaper option for teams who aren’t big money spenders, or nearing the luxury tax. Also, Abreu put up a better statistical season then Hosmer as well.
The move to trade Jose Abreu would most likely seal any questions about rebuilding, and the major process would really kickstart. It is likely however, that they could keep Abreu as a veteran presence with productivity. Only the off-season will tell whether Abreu is finding a new home, or staying in his current zip code.