Abreu, Reinsdorf Share Goals For White Sox

The White Sox signed Jose Abreu to a three-year, $50-million extension.

Bruce Levine
November 22, 2019 - 2:53 pm
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(670 The Score) First baseman Jose Abreu will likely end his career as a White Sox player after signing a three-year, $50-million deal Friday. 

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There was a special bond between White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and the veteran slugger Abreu that was a big part of the dynamic that brought him back. That Abreu would play elsewhere never crossed his mind during the negotiations he had with Reinsdorf and the White Sox front office.

"Jerry is the owner of the team, and he was certainly involved," Abreu said. "I also have a good relationship with Rick (Hahn ), Kenny (Williams) and everybody. We worked this out very well. I appreciate all they did for me and how this has unfolded. I am just very grateful for what I have gotten in life. I am really glad Jerry is the kind of guy he is "
   
The organization's Cuban connection was made stronger when All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal signed a franchise-record $73-million contract Thursday. Third baseman Yoan Moncada and touted outfield prospect Luis Robert are also Cuban natives.

"This continues the legacy the White Sox has with the Cuban players " Abreu said. "This started with Minnie Minoso as the pioneer of Cuban players with the Sox, and I must thank the organization and Jerry for that. Now we have another Cuban player to continue the legacy with this organization and Cuban players."

Abreu, who turns 33 in January, signed the previous richest contract in White Sox history in 2013 for six years at $68 million. Abreu had mentioned this past summer that he wanted back with the White Sox rather than play elsewhere beyond the season.

On Friday, he was asked if the signing of Grandal and him coming back will make the White Sox contenders now.

"I can't give you the time," Abreu said. "What I can say is that we are working hard every single day to get better. It won't take us too much longer to be a really, really good team."
     
Abreu led the American League with 123 RBIs in 2019. Since joining the White Sox, he leads all AL players in games played with 901. His five seasons with a 100 or more RBIs rank third in club history behind Frank Thomas (10) and Paul Konerko (six).
   
A fan favorite since his arrival to the White Sox, Abreu is grateful he will remain with the organization.  

"I told you I would come back," he said. "I never doubted it. Everybody knows the group of talented players that we have, and I want to help guide them and together make the Chicago White Sox a championship team."   

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.