The Chicago White Sox and veteran first baseman Jose Abreu have agreed to terms on a contract that will keep their slugger on the South Side for the next three seasons.
Abreu, who was set to become a free agent this offseason, accepted a qualifying offer from the Sox last week that would have kept him in Chicago for a year.
However, the two parties agreed to a new deal on Friday that guarantees that Abreu will stick around at least through the 2022 season.
Abreu has been entrenched as Chicago’s starting first baseman since he signed with the team as a free agent after leaving Cuba before the 2014 season. He has been named an All-Star three times (2014, 2018, and 2019), establishing himself as one of the top first basemen in the league.
The 32-year-old was especially productive in situations with men on base in the 2019 season, recording a league-leading total of 123 RBI. He also hit .284 on the season, slugging 33 home runs.
With his new deal, Abreu is expected to once again man the position for a White Sox team that is looking to make strides towards playoff contention. After locking up their long-time first baseman to a new deal, the team has one less position to worry about.