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White Sox sign José Abreu to three-year, $50 million deal

Matt Johnson
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A day after the club signed All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal, the Chicago White Sox announced agreement on a three-year, $50 million contract with All-Star first baseman José Abreu.

Abreu, who accepted the team’s $17.8 million qualifying offer on Nov. 14, lands the long-term contract he sought in free agency and will remain with the organization where his MLB career began.

The deal includes a $5 million signing bonus with an $11 million salary in 2020, $16 million in ’21 and $18 million in ’22 with $4 million to be paid after the contract ends.

The 32-year-old is coming off another strong season at the plate in Chicago. He posted a .284/.330/.503 slash line and hit 33 home runs with a career-high 123 RBIs.

The organization also recognizes Abreu for his presence in the clubhouse and someone who teammates and coaches love.

Following the addition of Grandal, Abreu will likely see more starts at designated hitter this season on days when Grandal plays at first base and James McCann catches.