While we're still waiting for Major League Baseball to finally get the hot stove lit, FanRag's Jon Heyman dropped an interesting nugget Wednesday morning:
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
There figures to be plenty of interest in Jose Abreu as the soon-to-be-31-year-old is still under team control for the next two seasons.
The Boston Red Sox figure to be one of the top suitors — they are looking for stability at first base/DH and were one of the finalists for Abreu back in October 2013 when he first signed with the South Siders.
The Red Sox boast one of the best young cores in the game, but their prospect pool is dwindling after graduating third base phenom Rafael Devers to the big leagues and trading away Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech to the White Sox last winter for Chris Sale.
Could Boston deal from that core of position players to help facilitate a deal for Abreu? Chuck Garfien and the White Sox Talk Podcast broke down Rick Hahn's interest in Jackie Bradley Jr. among other trade rumors fact/fiction:
Abreu has posted four straight seasons of 25+ homers, 100+ RBI and a .290+ batting average. He set a career high with 343 total bases in 2017 to go along with a .906 OPS.