Jose Abreu Accepts Qualifying Offer From White Sox

Abreu will be back in 2020, and the sides could work out a longer deal.

670 The Score Staff
November 14, 2019 - 4:10 pm

(670 The Score) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has accepted the qualifying offer that the team recently extended him, a source confirmed to 670 The Score.

By doing so, Abreu is currently set work on a one-year, $17.8-million contract in 2020. The sides are also free to continue working out a deal of a longer length. Recently, they've had discussions about a three-year deal, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported.

Abreu and the White Sox had long expressed a mutual desire for him to re-sign, so his return comes as no surprise. By accepting the qualifying offer, Abreu declined to enter the free-agent market, where he would've been free to sign with any team and use that threat in negotiations with the White Sox as well.

Abreu, 32, has been a model of consistency with the White Sox, reaching the 25-homer, 100-RBI threshold five times in the past six seasons. Abreu hit .284 with 33 homers, 123 RBIs and an .834 OPS in 159 games in 2019. He's a three-time All-Star, including in each of the past two seasons.