Jose Abreu and White Sox Agree to Terms on One-Year Contract

White Sox Press Release

Jose Abreu

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year, $10.825-million contract with first baseman Jose Abreu, avoiding arbitration.


Abreu, 29, batted .293 (183-624) with 32 doubles, 100 RBI, 67 runs scored and a .820 OPS last season, his third with the White Sox.  He recorded his third consecutive season of 30-plus doubles, 25-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI to start his career, the first player in White Sox history to accomplish that feat.


Abreu also became the seventh player in major-league history to record 100-or-more RBI in each of his first three seasons, joining Joe DiMaggio (1936-42), Hideki Matsui (2003-05), Albert Pujols (2001-10), Al Simmons (1924-34), Pinky Whitney (1928-30) and Ted Williams (1939-49, did not play from 1943-45).


He owns a .299 (537-1,793) average with 91 home runs, 308 RBI and a .515 slugging percentage over three seasons with the White Sox after signing as a free agent out of Cuba on October 29, 2013.


During that span, Abreu ranks among the American League leaders in RBI (5th), total bases (5th, 923), extra-base hits (7th, 198), slugging percentage (8th), OPS (9th, .875), average (T9th) and home runs (10th).  His 91 home runs are tied for 10th-most in history by a player over his first three major-league seasons.

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