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As Jose Abreu continues to light it up on the diamond, it raises questions on where he will fit within the team when more and more prospects come up the pipeline and the team starts to compete for a World Championship. In 2020, when the Sox are projected to be in the position to win it all, Jose will be entering his age 33 season while also being an Unrestricted Free Agent. There is no reason to believe he won’t be producing the way he has since his career started so he will have the trade value if the front office decided to trade him away for more quality prospects. He also has the talent to go out and get a big deal in free agency as he is one of the most underrated hitters in the game. The White Sox have a good chance to keep Jose after his free agency year in 2020 because as seen in the last couple of years the market of teams going out to get a position player hasn’t really been there. Ideally, Sox fans want Abreu to stay with the team and see this whole rebuild out until the end, but at the same time we have to understand that the game is also a business and sometimes everything doesn’t end up the way fans want. Abreu is an underappreciated talent who is a career .301 hitter with 122 HR and 400 RBI with a 16.3 WAR in 4 years in the league. He is starting to grow and accept the leader role in the clubhouse and on the field. Having him as a mentor for the young Latin players coming up in the organization and for the American players while his English continues to get better would be huge for the team to have that veteran guy to lead them to the promised land.

There are many ways things could shape up when it comes to his future with the White Sox. His future depends a lot on who Rick Hahn and front office pursue in free agency and who they are able to get. The popular target White Sox fans have drawn to is Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado. If the Sox were able to go out and get that key corner infielder it would be a massive pick up for the team. That free agency signing then forces 2016 White Sox first round draft pick Jake Burger to move from third to first, pushing Jose Abreu to the DH spot. 1B Gavin Sheets will also be fighting for that 1st base spot right around the time the Machado deal could go down which could complicate things even more. Abreu in the DH spot is his best fit in the lineup in the future as he will still be a home run and RBI threat for years to come. If the Sox do end up having to part ways with Jose in free agency, it would be a huge loss in the clubhouse as a leader and as a run producer at the plate. All of this is dependent on how the young prospects grow and if they shape out into the all-stars they are projected to be, which we won’t know for years to come but the first impressions have been incredible. The future of the team is bright and White Sox fans would love to see Jose Abreu continuing to be a part of it.

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