The White Sox have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with All-Star first baseman José Abreu.
A three-time American League All-Star, Abreu recorded 38 doubles, 33 home runs, a career-high 123 RBI, 85 runs scored and a .503 slugging percentage in 2019, becoming the second White Sox player to lead the AL in RBI.
Abreu receives a $5 million signing bonus payable on July 1 and salaries of $11 million in 2020, $16 million in 2021 and $18 million in 2022 as part of the agreement announced Friday. Chicago is deferring $4 million of his 2022 salary, payable in equal installments each July 1 from 2023 through 2026.
He gets a full no-trade provision for 2020 and has the right to block deals to 10 teams in 2021 and five in 2022.
“From the moment he stepped into the major leagues, Jose Abreu has been a leader on the field and in the clubhouse,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “He has consistently delivered run production at a historic pace, and with each passing season, his leadership role within our clubhouse — with both American-born and Latin-American players — has repeatedly grown. It’s certainly no surprise that both Jose and the White Sox were comfortable with a multiyear commitment moving forward.”
Since entering the league in 2014, Abreu leads all AL players in games played (901) and ranks among the leaders in hits (2nd), extra-base hits (2nd), total bases (3rd), RBI (3rd), doubles (4th) and homers (4th).