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José Abreu, the longtime Chicago White Sox 1B and 2020 AL MVP, is signing with the Houston Astros

LaMond Pope, Chicago Tribune on

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José Abreu doubled on the first pitch of his first at-bat with the Chicago White Sox on March 31, 2014, against the Minnesota Twins.

“That pitch was right there, so I have to take advantage of it,” Abreu told reporters through an interpreter after the game.

The first baseman has been a consistent offensive force ever since.

The 2020 American League MVP and three-time All-Star is on the move to the Houston Astros. He’s expected to sign a three-year deal, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, who had the initial report Monday.

Abreu, 35, left quite a mark in nine seasons with the Sox, ranking third on the team’s all-time list with 243 home runs. He has a .292/.354/.506 career slash line in 1,270 games. He slashed .304/.378/.446 with 15 home runs and 75 RBIs in 2022.

Abreu’s departure puts Andrew Vaughn in line to play first base for the Sox.

 

The Sox open the 2023 season in Houston. In Abreu, the reigning World Series champion Astros are signing someone known for his durability and run production.

If there was a game, Abreu more than likely found his way into the lineup. His 528 games played since 2019 ranks second in the AL.

In 2019, Abreu played in the first 102 games, becoming the first Sox player to do so since Alexei Ramírez in 2013.

When he finally took a day off, then-manager Rick Renteria said: “He said he was going to have to call his mom (Sunday) to make sure she doesn’t get too upset because she sees him as a grinder and he’s got to get out there. And he talks to her, and she’s probably going to be upset he’s not in the lineup. So I said: ‘That’s OK. If you need me to, I’ll talk to her.’”

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