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Sport Report: White Sox, Abreu have discussed long-term deal

02:25  09 november  2019
02:25  09 november  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Jose Abreu certainly looks like he could be that piece. The team has reportedly contacted the White Sox The Cuban slugger has long been speculated to be on the move, considering Chicago's ongoing rebuild. Dealing away Abreu could be a signal that they are committing fully to the rebuild, which

PRO BASEBALL. White Sox extend qualifying offer to Abreu : Jose Abreu received a qualifying offer from the Chicago White Sox worth .8 million, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported . Abreu , 32, could decline the option and become a free agent but a long - term deal is unlikely since he turns 33 in

The Chicago White Sox have employed Jose Abreu as their first baseman for the past six seasons and it appears they want to keep him on the South Side for the foreseeable future.

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The White Sox and Abreu have discussed a long-term agreement, reports ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Abreu has been one of baseball's most consistent run producers since arriving from Cuba as a 27-year-old rookie in 2014. In all but one season, the 32-year-old has driven in at least 100 runs while belting 30 or more homers in four different campaigns.

But even with his strong offensive numbers, Abreu is "facing a tough market for aging first baseman - and has a qualifying offer attached to him," Passan writes.

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the White Sox would have to be "overwhelmed" to deal first baseman Jose Abreu , citing his strong presence in “We are going to be opportunistic when chances to improve ourselves, both in the short and long term , arise,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn

Under terms of the deal , Abreu will receive a -million signing bonus and be paid million in 2014 and 2015, million in 2016, .5 million If initial reports are correct, Abreu 's contract is a sizable boost from his recent Cuban predecessors. The White Sox will hope Abreu is more like the former.

Abreu was extended a $17.8-million qualifying offer Nov. 4 and has 10 days to accept or decline.

The White Sox have made it known they'd welcome back the All-Star slugger, who has a strong presence in the team's clubhouse and is viewed as a leader to Chicago's other Latino players.

"With Jose, we've heard his thoughts that even if we don't re-sign him, he's going to re-sign himself. We've heard (team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf's) thoughts about (how Abreu's) always going to wear a White Sox uniform. I don't think they are going to be teaching this in negotiation classes in college any time soon (with) how this one is unfolding," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in September, according to Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago. "But my takeaway from all that is that there's a strong desire on both sides to figure out a way to keep Jose in a White Sox uniform beyond this year."

Abreu also mentioned his affinity for the White Sox in July when he explained that he didn't want to leave a team that's building "something big," according to Duber.

The White Sox took steps in the right direction in 2019, finishing with a 72-89 record compared to a 62-100 mark in 2018.

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White Sox re-sign first baseman Jose Abreu to a three-year, $50 million deal .
Free agent slugger and three-time All-Star Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a three-year, $50 million deal on Friday.One day after signing catcher Yasmani Grandal to a club-record four-year, $73 million deal, they agreed to re-sign slugger José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract, the club announced on Friday.

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