White Sox agree to one-year deals with Abreu, three others
In what could be his final contract with the White Sox, first baseman Jose Abreu agreed to a $16 million deal Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.
New relief pitcher Alex Colome ($7.325 million), infielder Yolmer Sanchez ($4.625 million) and starting pitcher Carlos Rodon ($4.2 million) also agreed to terms.
Last year, Sanchez and Avisail Garcia took the Sox to arbitration -- the first time that's happened since 2001. Both players won their hearings.
Heading into the final season of a six-year contract, Abreu has continually expressed a desire to sign an extension with the White Sox. While the Sox have raved about Abreu's offensive skills and leadership qualities, a deal has yet to get done.
The 31-year-old Abreu was limited to 128 games due to injuries last season. He batted .265 with 36 doubles, 22 home runs and 78 RBI while making his second trip to the All-Star Game. He also won his second Silver Slugger award.
Abreu is the only player in franchise history to hit 20 or more homers in each of his first five seasons. He made $13 million last year.
Acquired in a Nov. 30 trade from the Mariners for catcher Omar Narvaez, Colome became the first reliever in major-league history to record at least 10 saves and 30 holds last season, which he split between Tampa Bay and Seattle.
The right-hander made $5.3 million last year.
Returning from shoulder surgery last June, Rodon was 6-8 with a 4.18 ERA. From July 5-Aug. 27, the left-hander made 9 straight quality starts, the longest streak by a White Sox pitcher since at least 1908.
Last year, Rodon made $2.3 million.
Sanchez led the American League with 10 triples last season while batting .242 with 34 doubles, 8 home runs and 55 RBI. He made $2.35 million in 2018.