3 Potential Landing Spots for Former MVP Jose Abreu

He was an MVP for the Chicago White Sox as recently as 2020. The Houston Astros signed Jose Abreu to a sizeable three-year free agent contract before the 2023 season, but after the first baseman's production fell off a cliff, he was released last week, with the Astros eating over $30 million remaining on his deal.

Now, despite a .124 batting average this season, 37-year-old Abreu will try to find a new team to take a shot on him, hopefully able to somehow recapture some of what made him a perennial .300 hitter with power and consistency. 

Let's have a look at three top potential landing spots for the Cuban 1B:

Seattle Mariners

Here's a team that has been looking high and low to find an offensive boost this season. Their starting pitching is elite, enough to give them a substantial 8.5-game lead atop the AL West Division. But they will need some help at the plate to stay there. First base in particular has been a soft spot in their lineup, so perhaps they give Abreu a shot. 

Toronto Blue Jays

A team that has been desperate for any kind of offense this season, the Jays have recently DFA'd Cavan Biggio and Daniel Vogelbach, and have a struggling Justin Turner manning the DH slot (the 39-year-old is batting just .225 with four homers and a .659 OPS). Why not take a flyer on a low-cost, low-risk bat like Abreu's, to see if he can recapture a little magic in a new situation?

Chicago White Sox

Sure, why not? It's a completely lost season for the Pale Hose, so why not welcome back their former MVP and three-time All-Star and give him a chance to play out his career on the South Side, where he belongs?

As always, never write off the Texas Rangers as a potential landing spot for any former All-Star trying to find his form. 

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