White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu

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Hahn Praises Abreu's Influence Amid Trade Interest

The Dodgers have been linked to Jose Abreu on the trade market.

December 06, 2018 - 3:11 pm

(670 The Score) A day after news emerged of the Dodgers' interest in White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Chicago general manager Rick Hahn once again emphasized how much the veteran Abreu means to the rebuilding franchise and its young core.

"We know how important he is not just on the diamond when he's playing but the stuff he brings off the field and the role he plays as a leader and mentor for our young players," Hahn said. "Although he is going into the last year of his contract, that by no means precludes him from being part of our future here."

Hahn added the White Sox's evaluation of how Abreu fits with the franchise as they look ahead is an "ongoing process," as Scott Merkin of MLB.com reported. Abreu is entering the final season of his contract. 

Abreu turns 32 in January and had a trying 2018 season, posting career-low stat lines in the major categories and dealing with various injuries. He hit .265 with 22 homers, 78 RBIs and a .798 OPS. He's a two-time All-Star.

"We’ve made no secret about our affection for Jose and not only from a standpoint of what he contributes between the white lines but what he does in the clubhouse and the role he plays in not only a leadership role but the role he plays in being sort of the centerpiece of the franchise from a mature player standpoint," Hahn said.