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White Sox Sign All-Star First Baseman Jose Abreu to 3-Year Extension

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 24:  Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Cleveland Indians on September 24, 2019 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox | Ron Vesely/Getty Images

The Chicago White Sox have been far and away the most active team in the early stages of the MLB offseason. After breaking the bank for catcher Yasmani Grandal, Chicago brought back a franchise cornerstone for the next three seasons, after he'd accepted his qualifying offer for 2020.

All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu, who has played on the South Side since he defected from Cuba in 2014, signed a three-year, $50 million contract extension with the White Sox.

Abreu was an All-Star for the second consecutive season in 2019, as he hit .284 with 33 home runs and a career-high 123 RBI.

Abreu has stuck it out through so many rebuilds and retools that it's only fitting Chicago has kept him around now that they've pivoted into win-now mode. With Tim Anderson coming off a batting title and Eloy Jimenez living up to the hype, the White Sox could be a dark horse in the Central in 2020.

After years of being stuck in the cellar of the AL Central and hoping that their treasure trove of prospects can blossom on the field, the White Sox now have a core of Abreu, Grandal, Jimenez, and Anderson that is ready to start winning now.