The Chicago White Sox are currently one of the front-runners to land Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu. For those of you unaware with Abreu’s dominance overseas, the 26-year-old slugger hit .360 (9-for-25) with three crucial home runs and nine RBIs in six games in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. In addition, Abreu also won an MVP Trophy in Cuba, where he hit .453 with 33 home runs and 93 RBIs in just 66 games in 2010-11.
Chicago has been home to Paul Konerko for the last 15 years, but the 37-year-old is likely to retire this off-season in order to spend more time with his family. Konerko disappointed in 2013 with a mere 12 home runs and a lackluster .244 batting average.
Sox general manager Rick Hahn has said in the past that he plans on spending money on a “impact free agent” so that Chicago can compete for a divisional title once again. Many of you are likely wondering why Abreu is even on the White Sox radar considering this franchise spent so much money on Adam Dunn in 2010? However, Dunn has been relegated to the Designated Hitter role as he played just 71 of his 149 games at first base.
Either way, all signs point to Abreu heading to the Windy City in the coming days, which would surely end Konerko’s 15-year run as the White Sox first baseman.