Christmas might come early on the Southside this year. Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has narrowed the list of teams he’s interested in signing with and the Pale Hose made the top two after the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers allegedly bowed out. Along with the Houston Astros, the White Sox will now try to woo the 26-year-old defector in the coming weeks.
At 6-foot-2 and almost 260 pounds, Abreu projects as a prototypical middle of the order slugger. The first basemen hit 13 homeruns and drove-in 36 last year in just 42 games in Cuba’s Serie Nacional. Similarly, he wowed scouts with his power at a showcase in the Dominican Republic earlier this month. Such impressive numbers come at a price however. It is widely believed that will take upwards of $70 million to sign the possible future All-Star.
Such expenditure makes sense for Rick Hahn and company, though. The club desperately needs someone to step into the three spot in the batting order ahead of Adam Dunn come next year. While it might make fans unhappy, taking a chance on younger players with upside is the best means of correcting the abysmal 63-99 2013 season.
What this means for Paul Konerko is that his run with the Sox is likely over. The economics of baseball no longer allow teams to pay for nostalgia or "leadership."
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