Heading into free agency last fall, Jose Abreu made no secret that he wanted to remain with the White Sox, and he told reporters, including Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, that he didn’t even talk to any other clubs during his brief time on the open market. “My family is good in Chicago. They love Chicago,” Abreu said. “They are really grateful and good and happy with the White Sox organization, just the way that the organization has treated them...For us, it didn’t make sense to look around to other places.” The Marlins were the only other team known to have interest in Abreu last November, though it appears that interest didn’t manifest itself into any early negotiation with Abreu’s representatives.
There never seemed much doubt that Abreu and the White Sox would stay connected, given how GM Rick Hahn repeatedly spoke during the season about how much the team valued Abreu’s contributions on the field and in the Sox clubhouse. After Chicago extended a one-year, $17.8M qualifying offer to Abreu, the first baseman ensured his continued stay on the South Side by accepting the offer, and then worked out a contract extension in November that runs through the 2022 season.
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