Jose Abreu was almost signed by the Red Sox when coming over to MLB, with the Chicago White Sox slightly outbidding them. Dave Dombrowski seemed to always want to trade for Abreu. Never happened. Now Abreu is a free agent and the Red Sox have a chance to sign him.
Abreu led the American League with 123 RBI’s in 2019 and had a productive season, posting a 119 OPS+. He’s beloved in Chicago and is likely to return as he is the mentor to this up and coming White Sox team.
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While it is the most probable situation that Abreu returns to the south side of Chicago, it is not impossible that he comes over to the east coast to help deliver a championship to Boston.
The White Sox will likely offer a deal around 3 or 4 years with an AAV of about $12 million. For Abreu to depart he would likely need an extra year or a raised AAV. Basically, he would have to be blown away by another offer.
While I’m sure in years past, the Red Sox could offer up a deal like that, now with the payroll umbrella that the Red Sox live under, it seems unlikely that they could offer something similar.
Unfortunately, it seems like the stars won’t align once again.