With Yuli Gurriel a free agent, Houston had a void to fill at first base and thus chose the former Chicago White Sox slugger.
The 35-year-old spent the first nine seasons of his career on the South Side of Chicago before reaching free agency.
This season, the veteran first baseman hit .304 with 15 home runs and posted a 4.2 WAR.
One of the key people in recruiting Abreu to Houston was team legend Jeff Bagwell, who is now working as an advisor in the front office.
Today, he was asked about what drew the Astros to the veteran slugger.
“He was our No. 1 target,” said Bagwell.
“He made the most sense for our ballclub.
People can look around.
There’s obviously Aaron Judge and a whole bunch of starting pitchers, but what we needed was Jose Abreu, so he was our No. 1 choice.”
Jeff Bagwell, who helped recruit José Abreu: “He was our #1 target. He made the most sense for our ball club. People can look around. There’s obviously Aaron Judge and whole bunch of starting pitchers, but what we needed was Jose Abreu. So he was our number one choice.” pic.twitter.com/tYL2KLGUQC
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Bagwell Explains Abreu Choice
But with a vacancy at first base, Abreu was the best possible fit for the Astros.
Clearly, Bagwell felt that way, and so did others within the organization.
Houston appears to have their sights set on another World Series title with their latest move.