A Couple Interesting Extensions for First Basemen – Jose Abreu and Evan White (a AA Prospect)

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A Couple Interesting Extensions for First Basemen – Jose Abreu and Evan White (a AA Prospect)

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The White Sox are ready to spend some money, having just signed Yasmani Grandal to the largest deal in their club’s history, and now extending first baseman Jose Abreu.

The White Sox were already on the hook for the qualifying offer amount in 2020 ($17.8 million), so really this is another two years tacked on for about $16 million per year. Is this the kind of deal Abreu would get on the open market? Eh, maybe not, but there’s a little more attachment there to Abreu for the White Sox, and I have no problem with a team and a player just wanting to stick together. Especially through a competitive window, which the White Sox seem very intent on forcing open next year. Good for them.

Meanwhile, the Mariners have extended a first baseman of their own … except he’s a prospect who has yet to play above AA:

So that’s a new one, obviously, and certainly an interesting deal. We’ve seen a couple players extended as minor leaguers as they reach the big leagues from AAA, but we’ve never seen anything like this before.

White, 23, was the Mariners’ first round pick in 2017 (17th overall), and he hit perfectly solidly at High-A and AA in the two years after that. He’s considered a top 50/75 prospect in baseball – good, solid, not elite. He’s the kind of guy you assume is going to make the big leagues, but not necessarily hit in the middle of a lineup even at first base.

Still, JJ Cooper is right on with these comments – in a weird way, more risk is being assumed by White than the Mariners here:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.