Abreu believes the White Sox will be competing for a playoff spot in 2020, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Abreu has spent six seasons with the White Sox, who have finished no better than third (in 2019) in the AL Central and never made the playoffs during his tenure. After the development of young prospects into stars and offseason acquisitions, the expectations for the team are huge in 2020. "The expectations are high with this team, and every Sox fan should be excited because we have a good team,'' Abreu said. ''It's time for us to start competing and to be one of the teams fighting for a playoff spot." Abreu has been remarkably consistent over his first six MLB seasons and, thanks to a better supporting cast, jumped up to a career- and AL-high 123 RBI in 2019. He'll have an even stronger group surrounding him in 2020. Abreu will return as the starting first baseman and bat third with any number of reputable hitters to protect him in the batting order.
Abreu and the White Sox agreed to a three-year, $50 million contract Friday.
The veteran first baseman had previously accepted the team's one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer, but the two sides agreed to tear that deal up and find a number that worked for both sides over a longer period. Abreu will make only slightly less than his original deal on an annual basis (though $4 million of the contract is deferred) but will remain in Chicago through the 2022 campaign. The White Sox will get a decent yearly value for a team leader who hit .284 with 33 homers last season, though some regression should be expected over the course of the contract, which covers Abreu's age-33 through age-35 seasons.
Abreu accepted a qualifying offer from the White Sox on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The 32-year-old will sign a one-year, $17.8 million contract with the White Sox. He'll avoid free agency, where he likely would have faced an uncertain market since he is entering his age-33 season. Abreu hit .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs and 123 RBI last season.
Abreu was given a qualifying offer by the White Sox on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Abreu's decision on whether or not to accept the one-year, $17.8 million deal will be tougher than most players who were given the offer Monday, given that the market for a long-term deal for a first baseman heading into his age-33 season may not be too lucrative. The White Sox are now due to receive draft-pick compensation should Abreu sign elsewhere.
Abreu went 3-for-5 with with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 5-3 win over Detroit.
Abreu's eighth-inning, two-run single was the game-winning hit and produced his 120th and 121st RBI, the most by a White Sox player since Magglio Ordonez had 135 in 2002. He padded his RBI lead in the AL with the two runs driven in and moved to the top of MLB, one ahead of Atlanta's Freddie Freeman.
Abreu went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk in Friday's 9-7 win over the Mariners.
Abreu opened the scoring with his homer off Yusei Kikuchi in the first inning. The first baseman would later score on Yoan Moncada's three-run double in the fourth. Abreu is batting .400 (10-for-25) over his last eight games, adding five homers, 12 RBI and eight runs scored in that span. The 32-year-old has 33 homers, 116 RBI and 76 runs scored in 145 games this year.
Abreu went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to Kansas City.
The AL leader in RBI padded his lead Wednesday with the two RBI giving Abreu 114 for the season. He's driven in 25 runs over the last 21 games, never going more than two games without an RBI.
Abreu went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and three walks in a 5-1 victory against the Angels on Sunday.
This was a great day for the on-base percentage, as Abreu reached base four times for the first time since he recorded four hits on Aug. 28. Abreu hasn't walked much this year (.331 on-base percentage), so three free passes in one contest is quite a lot for him. He is hitting .283 with 31 home runs, 112 RBI, 71 runs and two steals in 558 at-bats this season.
Abreu went 1-for-1 with a home run and four RBI in Saturday's 8-7 loss to the Angels.
Abreu was also hit by pitches twice and had a sacrifice fly in the game. The home run was his 30th of the season, and he became the fourth White Sox player to record at least four seasons with 30 home runs and 100 RBI, joining Frank Thomas (eight times), Paul Konerko (five) and Magglio Ordonez (four). The four RBI vaulted him to the top of the AL with 111 runs driven in.
Abreu is not in Thursday's lineup against the Indians.
He is hitting .316 with one home run in 38 at-bats over his last 10 games. Zack Collins will start at first base and hit sixth.
Abreu went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run Wednesday against the Indians.
Abreu took Nick Goody deep in the eighth inning to record his 29th homer of the season. It was his first long ball since Aug. 20, though it's his fifth multi-hit game in that 15-contest span. Now just one home run away from his fourth season with 30 dingers, Abreu is hitting .281/.323/.496 across 597 plate appearances.
Abreu went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to the Twins.
Abreu's been piling up the milestones of late. After notching his 1,000th career hit and 100th RBI of the season over the weekend, the 32-year-old laced his 30th double of the season, becoming the first member of the White Sox to hit 30 or more doubles in six consecutive seasons. Abreu has hit safely in eight of the last nine games, going 12-for-33 (.364) with five extra-base hits and 12 RBI.
Abreu went 1-for-3 and knocked in both runs in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Rangers.
The two RBI give Abreu 100 for the season, the fifth time in six seasons he's achieved that milestone. He's on pace to set a new career benchmark, which he established during his rookie 2014 season, when he drove in 107 runs.
Abreu went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the White Sox.
Abreu's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to six games and was his 1,000th career hit. The 32-year-old is having a monster August, slashing .344/.387/.604 with six home runs, seven doubles, 17 runs and 24 RBI over 24 games.
Abreu went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored Wednesday against the Twins.
Abreu was a major factor in the White Sox' offensive effort Wednesday, recording two RBI singles. While he didn't extend his homer streak to three games, Abreu now has 11 RBI across his last 10 games, recording at least one hit in eight of the contests. For the season, Abreu is now slashing .276/.316/.499 across 541 plate appearances.
Abreu went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in a loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Abreu drilled a 377-foot blast to right field in the third inning, his second homer in as many days and fourth in his last six games. He also committed a costly error on a dropped throw in the fifth inning that led to four unearned runs. The 32-year-old is enjoying another productive season at the plate, slashing .273/.313/.496 with 28 homers and 94 RBI in 536 plate appearances.
Abreu went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run to help the White Sox to a 6-4 victory over the Twins on Monday.
Abreu provided the crucial blow in this contest, touching up Kyle Gibson with a three-run long ball in the third inning for his 27th of the season. The slugger is now slashing .273/.313/.491 across 495 at-bats as he remains on pace to cross the 30-homer threshold for the fourth time in his career.
Abreu went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Thursday's 8-7 loss to the White Sox.
Abreu launched a two-run home run in the fourth inning to even the score at 2-2 and extend his hitting streak to six games. He then added a solo shot in the seventh. Overall this season, the 32-year-old is batting .278/.318/.497 and leads the White Sox in home runs (26), RBI (89) and hits (133).
Abreu went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored Wednesday against the Tigers.
Abreu continued his hot stretch at the dish, delivering an RBI double in the fifth frame followed by run-scoring single an inning later. He now has a five-game hitting streak, which includes three multi-hit efforts as well as five runs scored and six RBI. Overall, Abreu is hitting .271/.310/.482 across 487 plate appearances for the season.
Abreu went 4-for-8 with a home run, a double, two walks and three RBI on Tuesday as the White Sox split their doubleheader with the Tigers.
Abreu connected on his 24th home run of the season -- and just his third since the All-Star break -- in the first game of the twin bill. The 32-year-old has been in prolonged funk at the dish, but he's at no risk of losing playing time because of it. He'll be back in the lineup for the series finale Wednesday, starting at first base and batting third.
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