Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:36:57 -0800
Scouts have touted Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu with having monster raw power at the plate but lacking overall athleticism and speed similar to Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes or Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig. The thing that has stood out about Abreu in camp, though, is that he's very diligent, focused and disciplined as a hitter, taking the ball the other way in batting practice instead of focusing on hitting massive home runs to impress.
Some scouts think Abreu will be a .260, 25-30 home run type that will struggle against top-of-the rotation starters. Abreu has spent more time in the cages than any other player on the team, though, and he arrives early each morning to get his work in. He has blended in seamlessly into the team's clubhouse this spring, and fellow Cuban natives SS Alexei Ramirez and C Adrian Nieto have helped him with that.
Fantasy Tip: This should come as good news to those willing to take the leap on Abreu in his rookie season. Not many are doubting that he has 25-30 home run power, but his attention to detail and discipline at the plate may make him an even safer investment.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:47:19 -0800
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn might find himself in a partial platoon situation, primarily working against right-handed pitchers, with 1B Paul Konerko and 1B Jose Abreu in the first base/designated hitter mix.
Fantasy Tip: Dunn is in a contract year, so perhaps that will help to jump-start his offense. His first three years on the south side of Chicago have been disappointing, as he batted just .197 with a .317 on-base percentage. He will be mostly useful to those in AL-only leagues, and formats which do not penalize strikeouts. Rotisserie owners will find him useful in the power categories still, but he will kill your batting average.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:46:53 -0800
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday, Feb. 18, that he expects everyone to be in camp by Thursday, Feb. 20. 1B Jose Abreu, 2B Gordon Beckham, OF Adam Eaton, OF Avisail Garcia, 3B Conor Gillaspie and 2B Jeff Keppinger are among the position players in attendance already.
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:38:33 -0800
The Chicago White Sox have been impressed with 1B Jose Abreu during the team's minicamp in Arizona this week. "That's a strong man right here," hitting coach Todd Steverson said. "That's a big man. He has a nice smooth, compact approach. He didn't try to do too much with the ball and the ball was flying off his bat. I think he has a nice bright future coming up with him." Abreu started hitting just a week ago.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:37:57 -0700
Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu will receive a $10 million signing bonus as part of his six-year, $68 million deal that became official Tuesday, Oct. 29. He'll make $7 million next year and in 2015, $10 million in 2016, $10.5 million in 2017, $11.5 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2019. He hit .316 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs in 83 games last year in the Cuban league. Despite the signing, the team remains interested in bringing back impending free-agent 1B Paul Konerko.
Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:11:27 -0700
In his weekly question and answer column, Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Paul Hoynes suggests the Cleveland Indians were never serious contenders for OF Jose Abreu. Hoynes said a lot of clubs felt the Chicago White Sox paid too much for Abreu at $68 million for six years. He's reportedly not as athletic as Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig and Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes and is more of a DH/first base type who is going to have to put up big numbers to justify the contract.
Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:24:07 -0700
The Colorado Rockies offered 1B Jose Abreu $63 million, but he signed a six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:37:06 -0700
The Chicago White Sox agreed to a six-year, $68 million deal with Cuban 1B Jose Abreu Thursday, Oct. 17, which will be the largest free-agent contract given to an international player. Abreu hit .453 with 33 home runs and 93 RBIs in 63 games in the 2010-11 season in Cuba and missed time with a shoulder ailment. He's expected to take over the first base position from 1B Paul Konerko, who is set to become a free agent and may retire. The Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants were all interested in Abreu.
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:19:52 -0700
Four other teams bid between $63-68 million for free-agent 1B Jose Abreu. The Chicago White Sox won the bidding at $68 million.
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:38:46 -0700
The Chicago White Sox are close to an agreement with Cuban 1B Jose Abreu on a six-year deal worth $68 million. The deal will be finalized once Abreu passes a physical.