Jose Abreu, who has been the mainstay at first base for the White Sox since 2014, has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Astros. Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but are expected to be around $20 million per year. He winds up ranking third on the team’s all-time home run list with 243 in his nine seasons with the White Sox.
Abreu, 35, signed with the White Sox in October of 2013, just months after defecting from Cuba. Along the way, he won Rookie of the Year honors in 2014 and the MVP award in the corona virus-shortened 2020 season. While still productive, he posted the worst power numbers of his career in 2022 as the White Sox fell to .500.
For the Astros sake, you hope that was a blip and not an indication of decline as Abreu plays through his mid-30s. The White Sox, meanwhile, turn first base over to some combination of Andrew Vaughn and Gavin Sheets, both of whom have been forced to play out of position in the outfield over the past two years. The White Sox will face the Astros on Opening Day 2023.
Abeu’s numbers in a White Sox uniform, both for games I’ve attended and overall, were: