The Red Sox pursuit of a power bat has reportedly led them in the direction of White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network and FanRagSports.com.
chisox have been in active talks with red sox and others on star 1B jose abreu. boston was 1 of 4 finalists for abreu when he signed with chicago (milwaukee & houston were the others).— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 29, 2017
Abreu turns 31 in January. The right-handed hitter from Cuba had 33 homers, 102 RBI and 43 doubles last season with a slash line of .304/.354/.552. He's put together four consecutive seasons of 25 or more homers, 100 or more RBI and at least a .290 batting average. As Heyman reported, the Red Sox were in on Abreu when he came from Cuba before he signed with the White Sox in 2014.
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He is arbitration eligible after making $10.8 million in 2017. He can become a free agent after 2019, so the Red Sox would have two years of control on Abreu unless he signs an extension.
The Red Sox and White Sox pulled one of the biggest deals of last offseason when Boston acquired lefty ace Chris Sale for top third base prospect Yoan Moncada and right-handed pitching prospect Michael Kopech. The White Sox are rumored to be interested in Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.