Astros To Sign Jose Abreu To A 3-Year/60 Million Dollar Deal
According to reports, three-time All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu has signed a three-year, 60 million-dollar deal with the Houston Astros. This will be 35-year-old Jose Abreu’s second team after spending the past seven years with the Chicago White Sox, where he was a consistent performer and clubhouse leader.
The reigning World Series Champions have made a strong statement about their commitment to winning their third championship since 2017. Abreu will most likely replace longtime Astro Yuli Gurriel, who struggled for the majority of last season and will turn 39 in 2023.
Abreu’s Career Accomplishments
Cuban-born Jose Abreu has been an integral part of the White Sox lineup since he joined them in 2014. He is a three-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and was named AL MVP in the Covid-19 shortened 2020 season.
While his power declined in 2022 (Going from 30 in 2021 to 15 in 2022). He still has impressive bat-on-ball skills, and playing in a hitter-friendly ballpark in Houston will help boost his power numbers.
Teammates have also commented on his leadership and willingness to work with young players. So it goes beyond just his production on the field. And with Houston’s ability to produce young talent, this move will only help and further their development.
What This Means for Houston
The signing of Jose Abreu gives the Astros an even more formidable lineup than before; their already dangerous mix of power, contact, and slick-fielding now include one of baseball’s best veteran right-handed bats.
With Abreu at first base, Alex Bregman (3B), Jeremy Pena (SS), Jose Altuve (2B), Yordan Alverez (LF), and Kyle Tucker (RF), it looks like Houston will have a great chance of winning their third straight American League Pennant.
Some may see this as an overpay, but it’s exactly the move a championship-caliber team like Houston can make. With controllable players on the roster and star players locked up for the foreseeable future, you can afford to pay a guy like Abreu $20 million/yr.
While they are set to lose 2022 Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, the club has more than enough arms to compensate for the loss. Their ability to develop young talent is second to none in major league baseball and is something other teams try and emulate.
Overall, it’s a smart move by a smart franchise.