During the offseason last year, the Red Sox sent a good package of prospects to the White Sox for Chris Sale, which worked well for them.
Now, there are rumors that they could negotiate with the White Sox once again, this time for first baseman Jose Abreu. How much sense does this rumor have?
According to to Jon Heyman of FanRag the Red Sox have started conversations with Chicago about sending Abreu to Boston. Milwaukee and Houston are also participating in these discussions, so there are more bidders than just the East Coast-Sox that could end up with Abreu at the beginning.
Why it makes sense for the Red Sox
First, because they've been here before. They were one of the last four teams in the race for Abreu when he signed with the White Sox in 2013. They came with $ 5 million to win a bet on Abreu, but he went to Chicago in his place and has been excelling there ever since.
There was talk in 2013 that he might have moved to third base since the Red Sox had Mike Napoli on the list at the time, but now first base is open. Mitch Moreland is Boston's current first baseman, and after that he's … well, he's not great. There is a space for Abreu insurance.
In his four seasons with the White Sox, Abreu has averaged a .301 batting average, an OPS + of 142, and is averaging 31 games a year. For a team that had significant problems offensively in 2017, the answer to why this makes sense for Boston is pretty obvious.
It also means that they could pay Abreu, possibly signing with J.D. Martinez, and then ignore the race for Giancarlo Stanton and all the payroll that entails. A much more feasible plan.
Why it makes sense for the White Sox
Why it works for Chicago is a little less clear, but still sensible, in the sense that Abreu is a player who makes a lot of money on a team that is actively rebuilding. He has signed for two more seasons and is eligible for second-year arbitration by 2018, he is expected to earn nearly $ 18 million next year.
Although Abreu has said that he wants to continue with the team through reconstruction, the reconstruction is reconstruction and if the office believes that the return of Abreu will be enough to make it worthwhile, the exchange will happen. At the end of the day, an important business badet simply has to be on the table in some situations and this seems to be one of those scenarios for Chicago.
We could see it with a different Sox uniform before too much time pbades. The one that was close to using when he entered the league for the first time.
Degree of rumors
A. This seems legitimate, not only because it works so well for both sides but because the Hot Stove has been without pilot light so far this off season so if the first important rumor (besides Stanton) is this one that also seems correct.