According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Chicago White Sox are currently involved in active trade talks with the Boston Red Sox, along with other teams, regarding first baseman, Jose Abreu. This news comes off the heels of several reports over the past week regarding the Red Sox and their interest in Miami Marlins outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton. One thing has become clear: the Boston Red Sox are aggressively seeking a power bat for the middle of their line-up.
Abreu, 31, had himself another strong year for the White Sox in 2017, slashing .304/.354/.552 with 33 home runs and 102 runs batted in. Abreu has become an established, consistent power hitter, totaling at least 25+ home runs every season since he debuted in the majors back in 2014. His durability is also impressive as Abreu has played in more than 150 games each of the last three seasons with the White Sox. With Chicago currently in the middle of a full rebuild trading Abreu for younger talents makes a lot of sense. The question is whether or not the Red Sox are the right fit.
For Boston this move would be a virtual no-brainer, seeing as they are desperate for a powerful, middle-of-the-order bat. That, coupled with an opening at the first base position, makes Abreu a perfect fit for the Red Sox. However, the Red Sox have essentially decimated their farm system over the past few years, mostly because of their last deal with the White Sox for Chris Sale. This means that the asking price from Chicago may involve current members of the Red Sox major league roster.
No details have been revealed regarding what the potential package for Abreu could be. That being said, given Boston’s lack of assets one could surmise that a potential could involve names such as Xander Bogaerts and/or Jackie Bradley Jr. from the major league roster. Perhaps those two names along with Michael Chavis, a young third baseman whom has quickly risen through the ranks of Boston’s farm system, gets the deal done. It’s unclear at this point what it would take to get a deal done. Much of this will depend on what offers the White Sox receive from other teams whom they are involved in trade talks with. However, the White Sox may be more attracted to a package that includes proven, major league players as opposed to a package of young prospects whom may or may not reach their full potential.
The Red Sox have a knack for making a big splash during the offseason. From the Manny Ramirez signing in 2000, to trading for Chris Sale last December. Giancarlo Stanton may be the big prize, but if the Red Sox feel that he is out of their reach then Abreu makes for a great consolation. Abreu can bring a monster bat to the first base position, something Boston hasn’t had since David Ortiz retired last year.