The Boston Red Sox are apparently looking for more depth at first base once again in the form of White Sox star Jose Abreu. The 32-year-old is having another solid season, batting .275 with 21 home runs and 68 RBI, but torching lefties in 2019.
The Red Sox theoretically have several solid options at first base. However, a few of those players, including Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce, have landed on the injured list. With that in mind, the Sox could definitely benefit from bringing in Abreu, if available, to help out at first. After all, they've seemingly targeted him forever.
In the AL East, the Red Sox are currently two games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and 10 back of the division-leading Yankees. A sturdy first baseman like Abreu who can deliver hits and runs, especially against left-handed pitchers when needed, would add plenty of depth to their lineup.
If the Red Sox can miraculously land Abreu before the MLB deadline, they'll have their solution at first base. That would allow for the replacements, mainly Brock Holt and Michael Chavis, to instead hold down second base.
This time around is far from the first Boston has expressed interest in Abreu.
Dave Dombrowski has long admired Jose Abreu. The @RedSox are among a few teams monitoring Abreu’s availability. He might be most impactful bat on the market if @whitesox we’re willing to deal him. Could trade him and re-sign him but value as a rental is limited.— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) July 19, 2019
With less than two weeks until the deadline, the Red Sox should act quickly if they want to snag the All-Star first baseman. If the White Sox are willing to let him go (and they haven't been thus far), Boston can move on to other positional needs.
If that doesn't happen before July 31, Jose Abreu will remain in a White Sox uniform. For now, we wait and see if Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski can finally get the deal done and put an end to his team's first base struggles.