It’s a really nice contract for the 35-year-old slugger, one that the Sox weren’t willing to match.
As for the White Sox, they will need to fill a huge void at first base, in the middle of the lineup, and in the fans’ hearts.
Abreu was a beloved member of the White Sox and one of the few consistent producers over the years in the south side.
He hit 243 home runs, won an MVP award in 2020 and drove in 863 runs in Chicago over nine extremely successful seasons.
He Earned Respect And Admiration From White Sox Fans
Fans won’t ever forget him.
“Jose Abreu’s first and last home runs as a member of the Chicago White Sox. In all seriousness, thank you Pito for giving us 9 incredible seasons on the South Side. Best of luck in Houston. 79 forever!” @BenChiTownKid98 tweeted.
Jose Abreu’s first and last home runs as a member of the Chicago White Sox. In all seriousness, thank you Pito for giving us 9 incredible seasons on the South Side. Best of luck in Houston. 79 forever! #WhiteSox #79Forever pic.twitter.com/VjwugNeTgg
— The Last AirBENder (@BenChiTownKid98) November 28, 2022
The clip shows Abreu’s first homer with a White Sox uniform, in 2014 against the Colorado Rockies.
The last one came this past season.
After signing him to a free agent deal in 2014, the White Sox have absolutely no complaints or regrets about Abreu.
In those nine seasons with the team, he slashed a cool .292/.354/.506.
He built a reputation as an RBI machine and hit for average and power.
During the last few years, lots of White Sox’s key players have gotten injured, but Abreu rarely missed a game.
He is almost injury and slump-proof: whenever his team needed him, he was there, mashing with the best of them.
The Astros are getting a really good one.