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White Sox reportedly avoid arbitration with Jose Abreu

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White Sox reportedly avoid arbitration with Jose Abreu

The White Sox reportedly will not be heading to arbitration with their best hitter.

According to multiple reports, the White Sox and Jose Abreu settled on a $13 million salary for the upcoming 2018 campaign, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

Abreu was stellar last season, slashing .304/.354/.552 with 33 home runs and 102 to join Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols as the only players ever to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs in each of their first four major league seasons.

Abreu led the American League with 343 total bases and struck out a career-low 119 times. He finished 14th in voting for AL MVP honors.

Abreu's name has been mentioned often this offseason in trade speculation, though it seems like the White Sox are intent on keeping the first baseman in the South Side's home clubhouse, where he has earned rave reviews as a teammate, leader and mentor for the organization's fleet of young players, chiefly fellow Cubans Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert.

Abreu has been consistently great at the dish ever since joining the White Sox ahead of the 2014 season, when he was unanimously named the AL Rookie of the Year. That production and the White Sox ongoing rebuilding effort figured to make him an interesting trade candidate. But that strong bat plus the aforementioned off-the-field value go just as far to make him a potential piece for the long term, as well. Abreu, under team control for the next two seasons, would require a contract extension if the White Sox want to keep him around for the time when the rebuild is supposed to produce a perennial contender.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: 

 

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.