The Chicago White Sox enter the MLB offseason with a few monumental decisions to make. This is a team that entered the year as one of the favorites to win the World Series, but then failed to even secure a playoff berth. It all starts with finding a way to bring back All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu.
Abreu is set to enter free agency and join a stacked class at 1B. Other big-time names include Anthony Rizzo, Josh Bell and Trey Mancini. There's no denying that White Sox fans want to see Abreu smashing home runs at Guaranteed Rate Field in 2023. Well, starting pitcher Lucas Giolito does, too.
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When asked about the possibility of Abreu leaving the team in the offseason, Giolito provided a simple, yet emotional response. He said, "that would hurt, man. He's so much of what makes this team, this team." Giolito and Abreu has been teammates for each of the last seven MLB seasons.
Reports suggest that talks between the White Sox front office and Abreu regarding a new contract have not taken place. The three-year, $55 million deal he signed in 2019 is now set to end. The 35-year-old plans to take some time to think about his next steps and not rush into anything too soon.
It'll be interesting to see what Chicago does here. Abreu is a great clubhouse leader, an elite power hitter and a reliable defensive infielder. The only problem is that the White Sox already have $121 million committed to the 2023 roster and have a capable replacement in Andrew Vaughn ready to go.
Chicago finishes the 2022 MLB season with a matchup against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
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