(670 The Score) The White Sox and first baseman Jose Abreu reached an agreement on a three-year, $50-million contract extension, the team announced Friday.
Abreu, 32, hit .284 with 33 home runs, a career-high 123 RBI, 85 runs scored and was named to his third All-Star Game in 2019.
“From the moment he stepped into the major leagues, Jose Abreu has been a leader on the field and in the clubhouse,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “He has consistently delivered run production at a historic pace, and with each passing season, his leadership role within our clubhouse – with both American-born and Latin-American players – has repeatedly grown.
“It’s certainly no surprise that both Jose and the White Sox were comfortable with a multiyear commitment moving forward, and we are happy to announce today’s agreement. Jose is proud to be a member of the White Sox, and we certainly are pleased to have him returning to our clubhouse as our team takes the next important steps in its development.”
Abreu initially signed with the White Sox in late 2013 on a six-year, $68-million contract. It was the richest deal in organization history until Thursday when All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a four-year, $73-million contract.
Over six seasons, Abreu has hit .293 with 179 home runs and 611 RBIs.
“I have to give a special thank you to Jerry Reinsdorf and all the people involved with the White Sox who made this possible," Abreu said. This is a dream come true for me and my family. To the fans, I told you I would come back. I never doubted it. Everybody knows the group of talented players that we have, and I want to help guide them and together make the Chicago White Sox a championship team.”