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Report: Red Sox are in 'active' trade talks for Jose Abreu

Alex Reimer
November 29, 2017 - 12:36 pm

The Red Sox could pull off their second blockbuster trade with the White Sox in two years this winter. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports Boston has been engaged in “active talks” with the White Sox over Jose Abreu. The Red Sox are believed to be searching for at least one power bat to augment their power-starved lineup. 

Abreu, 30, offers more cost flexibility than other rumored targets such as Giancarlo Stanton, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer. As Rob Bradford points out, Abreu is arbitration eligible for the next two years. While MLB Trade Rumors projects that commitment could add to a total of $37 million, the window allows the Red Sox to take some time before deciding whether to sign Abreu long-term. With possible contract extensions on the horizon for Chris Sale, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, the extended window could be immensely valuable. 

The Red Sox also have a clear spot for Abreu. He could take over first base, as Mitch Moreland is a free agent. 

The one hurdle with Abreu is the likely steep cost. The White Sox could pursue Jackie Bradley Jr. or a top prospect in exchange for his services. Boston shipped heralded youngsters Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech to Chicago last year for Sale. 

In four big league seasons, Abreu has averaged 31 home runs and 102 RBI with an .883 OPS. He led the league in total bases (343) last season. 

The Red Sox were one of the teams that pursued Abreu when he defected from Cuba in 2013. Acquiring him now would serve as a mulligan of sorts.