MLB Rumors: 3 Potential Destinations For Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu is a three-time All-Star, and an AL MVP just two years ago. But going into next season at the age of 36, and coming off the worst season of his 9-year major league career as far as power production, it's unclear where his future as a free agent lies. He was still in the 97th percentile in hard hit percentage, and he will still command plenty of interest. 

Abreu has a career .292 average with an .860 OPS, 243 homers and 863 RBIs over 1,270 games in the Windy City. He's expected to be able to secure up to a three-contract worth in the neighborhood of $75M. 

These three teams seem to be top of the list of potential destinations for Abreu, according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman. 

Chicago White Sox

Despite the recent reports that the White Sox would let Abreu go so that they can let 24-year-old Andrew Vaughn take over at his natural position at first base, it's still quite possible Abreu is in a White Sox uniform in 2023. Heyman noted today on Chicago's 670 The Score, "I do expect them to bring Abreu back... He's a loyal guy, certainly loves being with the White Sox." And he's been a great team leader. 

New manager Pedro Grifol certainly raved about Abreu at his introductory news conference. 

"I think all 30 managers want to see Jose Abreu in their lineup..." But in the end, it's a numbers game, and, as he said "we have to sit down and see how this roster shakes out ... and see where we go from there."

Texas Rangers

A team that's ready to spend more money this offseason and is thought to be interested in Abreu. It's generally accepted that most of their winter funds will go towards pitching upgrades, but the Rangers like their offense, and bringing in a former MVP to add to the mix is certainly not beyond their means.

San Francisco Giants

The Giants are desperately looking for a proven power bat—at any position on the diamond, but first base is definitely an upgrade target. Most of their resources will go towards chasing Aaron Judge, but Heyman believes that they'll be in on Abreu as well. 

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