Not to be outdone, Jose Abreu needed to make a statement as Friday afternoon descended into news dump time.
On a day that saw teams settling with arbitration-eligible players for sums as high as $20 million -- congrats to Mr. Record-breaker, Mookie Betts -- the Chicago White Sox and their slugging first baseman came to terms, avoiding a potentially agonizing proceeding in labor court for the third and final time. For his troubles, Abreu will make $16 million in 2019.
Chicago #Whitesox slugger Jose Abreu gets $16 million in final year of arbitration-eligibility— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 11, 2019
In 2018, the Cuban-born 31-year-old made his first All-Star squad since his rookie year, though he ended up putting up the lowest OPS (.798) and by far the lowest WAR (1.7) in his five seasons as an MLB
White Sox and Jose Abreu agree on $16 million contract avoiding arbitration— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 11, 2019
But for now, the $16 million will surely do just fine.
And if the White Sox really do end up seeing things through and landing Manny Machado, the numbers Abreu could end up posting in 2019 could make eyes on the South Side pop right out of a series of heads.