2021 Player Review: Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu had another 30+ HR and 100+ RBI season in 2021. He’s still putting up run production numbers that’s made Abreu one of the most consistent sluggers in baseball. Entering his Age 35 season in 2022, and without a contract after, can Abreu continue this effort? Or will age regression finally set in?

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knoxfire30

Not to take attention off the Jose recap but Tigers nearing deal for Eduardo Rodriguez… they are certainly getting a jump on their off season.

Jim Margalus

Five years, $77 million.

knoxfire30

Took Detroit 10 seconds into their first post rebuild offseason to sign a free agent to a higher dollar value commitment then the Whitesox ever have…. and lets face it they are gonna get one of the big SS’s that are out there.

HallofFrank

Yep. Trying to spin this as positively as I can: maybe it’ll light a fire under Jerry and allow Rick to squeeze an extra $5m or something for that backup catcher we’ve all been dreaming of. It’s the little things.

Trooper Galactus

Let that sink in for a minute, everybody: Eduardo Rodriguez would be the highest paid free agent in franchise history had he signed with the White Sox.

The money will be spent, indeed.

Elena

Nice show, boys. I hate the thought of Pito not being a member of the Sox in ’23, but I understand that it may be necessary. Perhaps he would accept an offer to coach if it comes to that?

Joliet Orange Sox

I’m not sure how Abreu will age. I think pointing out that Konerko fell off a cliff at 36 is not predictive at all. It is a sample size of one on something with a huge variance. That said, I’m skeptical about all large multi-year contracts for players in their mid-30’s.

Trooper Galactus

Well, you also have a guy like David Ortiz who retired at 40 after leading the league in doubles, RBIs, SLG%, and OPS. I realize Pito isn’t Ortiz, but big-bodied first basemen have aged gracefully in the past. I could see Abreu being like a late-career Frank Thomas, trading average for power to keep relevant and valuable.