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Sounds like the White Sox are going to get Jose Abreu

Oct 17, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

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That is, if our process of elimination is correct.  The upshot: earlier today’s Jesse Sanchez reported that Jose Abreu narrowed his list of potential destinations to the Astros, Red Sox and White Sox. Then Buster Olney reported that the Astros’ bid has fallen short and that the Red Sox did not expect to sign him. Ergo, therefore, as such and thus: White Sox.

Abreu, in case you missed it, is a 6-foot-3, 250 pound power prospect. He’s 26 and played in Cuba’s top league for more than three years. Because of his age he’s not subject to the international signing limits recently announced, and it’s expected that he could get Puig money and then some, with some speculating that he could command upwards of $60-70 million.


  1. sprest83 - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I thought the Rangers were in the mix as well.

    • eightyraw - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    • eightyraw - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      New report:

      Rangers are now the (co-)favorites

  2. hansob - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    geez. for a guy who outhit Puig and Cespedes in Cuba, and considering the money that other 1B get, $70M seems like nothing if it’s 6 years.

    • paperlions - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Except, of course, he is older, less athletic, and projects to provide no defensive value at all.

      • hansob - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Right. And $15-$18M a year is about the going rate for that right now.

      • djpostl - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        @hansob since when? He essentially projects out like Adam Dunn, a guy has made around $13M per season. Paying more than that is the kind of thing Ruben Amaro Jr does lol.

      • hansob - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        I’m not claiming to know the level that the Cuban league is at, but my guess is that a career .392/.538/.790 line he’s put up over the last four years in Cuba translates a little better than Dunn’s .219/.336/.448.

      • paperlions - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        There is no way to know how he’ll adapt to better pitching. Plenty of guys rake in AAA (which is far better competition than Cuban leagues) and can’t hit MLB pitchers who have better stuff and control. There is just no way to know what he’ll do. He could be another Pujols, he could be Cespedes in 2013, he could be Adam Dunn….and it looks like the WS will spend $68M to find out.

        Kind of a weird signing though…the WS are freaking horrible, have an atrocious system and really aren’t close to competing.

  3. eightyraw - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Then what will the Sox do with Dunn and Konerko in 2014?

    • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Maybe they’ll force them to retire. You know, just like in video games!

    • NatsLady - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Dunn already said he might retire.

      • spudchukar - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        How would one know?

      • jwbiii - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        Dunn’s under contract for another year, I don’t think he will walk away from the money. Konerko said he was going to think for a while about whether he wanted to play again.

  4. spyder9669 - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Does he know that the White Sox are terrible? And will still be terrible?

    • 18thstreet - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      I’m sure that was part of the sales pitch.

    • djpostl - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      The fact the Disastros were in the mix shows that wasn’t part of the equation.

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I saw something about Cuba in the process of or thinking about allowing their players to sign in MLB without them having to defect. I didn’t see details but I’ve always thought Cuba was missing a huge opportunity in not allowing their players to sign in the MLB.

    Allow the player to live in Cuba in the offseason if he so desires and take a percentage of their earnings, or better knows as taxes. MLB could in turn promise not to sign a player who defected as of a certain future date.

    • adimo82 - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      I don’t believe under that current embargo that players would be allowed to do this.

  6. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    We need a mystery team to spice things up over here.

  7. barrywhererufrom - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Good move..could granderson be next

  8. earpaniac - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I’ll believe Reinsdorf spent that kind of money when I see the press conference.

  9. dannymac17 - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    What the hell is he doing in that picture?

  10. jeffa43 - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    C’moooooooooooon Houston…. Spend the extra couple of bucks….

    Even with almost 30 homers… K king Pedro Sorano aka Carter, is not first on the 1b depth chart…. That will be J. Singleton…

    With George Springer having the greatest minor league year ever, and only 22… It would be nice to add Abreu and Springer to the team.

    oh… also please sign some bullpen help. Looking forward to a full season of Grossman and Hoes.

    • eightyraw - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Only 22 …

      He turned 24 last month. He is nearly 2 years older than Mike Trout. Don’t get too excited for George Springer.

  11. weaselpuppy - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    more solo homers for the team with no one that gets on base…no one on the 2013 White Sox with more than 25 AB had an OBP over .328.

    But yeah I get it they have cash to spend, given that the 4th highest 2014 salary for them is Jeff Keppinger.

    Nice work Kenny W and whoever his bulletproof vest is he dropped in his spot upon vacating upstairs.

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