Starting pitcher and shortstop are widely considered two of the deepest positions in free agency this offseason. First base options are limited and largely made up of underwhelming candidates, though. It leaves a proven veteran and former MVP like Jose Abreu as a coveted target for contending teams.
Abreu may be 35 years old, but keep in mind he has racked up at least 25 home runs and 100 RBIs in six of his eight full seasons. He is perfectly capable of being one of the best sluggers in the league again in 2023. With that being said, here's a look at three of the most likely landing spots for Abreu.
Jose Abreu Free Agency
3. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs have been rumored to be in the mix for Abreu for months now. They've been missing that pop over at first base ever since trading away Anthony Rizzo. Chicago only logged 159 home runs as a team in 2022 (No. 17 in MLB) and may be losing one of their best hitters in Willson Contreras. Abreu slashed a reliable .304/.378/.446 this past season to go along with 85 runs scored. Not only did he get on base as an elite rate, but he often found his way to home plate. The three-time All-Star also struck out only 16.2% of the time, which was a career-best mark. If it isn't clear by now, Abreu simply rakes. He would be the perfect cleanup hitter for the Cubs.
2. Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox were mentioned as one of Abreu's "preffered destinations" by baseball analyst Bruce Levine and the pairing makes a lot of sense. Boston may lose JD Martinez to free agency this offseason and are in need of a player capable of hitting the ball out of Fenway Park on any given at-bat. Abreu's hard-hit percentage checked in at 51.9% and his fly ball percentage checked in at 24.0% in 2022. He is hitting the ball high and far, which bodes well for his chances of becoming the next great Boston designated hitter. If the Red Sox want to compete now, signing Abreu is a move that improves the roster without putting them in a long-term hole. He is only expected to sign a one or two-year deal.
1. Houston Astros
Abreu has never been with a team that has reached the ALCS. Well, the Astros have made an appearance in the ALCS in each of the last six seasons and have a gaping hole at first base. Both Yuli Gurriel and Trey Mancini are off the books for 2023. Abreu could substitute a higher salary for a chance to win it all. He tallied 183 hits this past season (highest since 2017) and his discipline at the plate is still improving despite being in his mid-30s. The Astros' coaching staff could bring out the best in him. After all, no opposing pitcher would want to face the likes of Yordan Alvarez and Abreu back-to-back in a lineup that also features Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman.
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