Just a day after shocking all of baseball — and from the looks of it, the White Sox fan base — with an aggressive move to get Yasmani Grandal signed for four years, the club ensured fellow countryman and de facto captain José Abreu would be around for the bulk of that contract.
Abreu, mere days after accepting a one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer from the White Sox, tore that up and inked a three-year, $50 deal to stay in Chicago through the 2022 season.
Abreu gets a $5 million signing bonus, $11 million in 2020, $16 million in 2021 and $18 million in 2022. Abreu is taking $4 million of that 2022 contract as deferred money.
The 32-year-old hit .284 with 38 doubles, 33 home runs, a career-high 123 RBIs, 85 runs and a .503 slugging percentage in 159 games in 2019, his sixth season with the White Sox. He led the American League in RBIs, joining Dick Allen (113 in 1972) as the only AL RBI leaders in franchise history. Abreu also was named to his third AL All-Star Team.
Those 123 RBIs were the 10th-most in Sox history and the most since Magglio Ordóñez in 2002 (135). Abreu recorded his fourth career season of 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBIs, joining Frank Thomas…