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Will Avisail Garcia Or Jose Abreu Fit Into The Rebuild?

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Will Avisail Garcia Or Jose Abreu Fit Into The Rebuild?

As the Chicago White Sox 2017 season comes to a fold, the future continues to be a point of emphasis for the organization. Now that the season is over the White Sox will be faced with some tough decisions. Will Avisail Garcia or Jose Abreu fit into the rebuild?

Avisail Garcia

The 2017 campaign was certainly a breakout for Avisail Garcia. He finished the season with a .330 batting average, that is the 3rd best average in baseball. His entire line is .330 AVG/.380 OBP/.506 SLG with 18 home runs and 80 RBIs. He was also the lone representative for the White Sox in the All-Star game this year.
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Avisail can be offered arbitration this offseason and will become a free agent in 2020. His contract puts him on the cusp of when many see the White Sox being able to contend for a championship. This puts GM Rick Hahn in a tough spot. He could sign Garcia to a long-term deal, or trade him for more young talent.

Garcia commented on the matter after the 3-1 loss against the Indians:

“Everybody wants to be a part of a winning team and I want to be a part of this team forever, I love this team. I love the coaches. I would like to stay here.”

So, will Avisail Garcia fit into the rebuild? In my opinion, I would like to see Garcia traded for more prospects, preferably more pitching prospects to give the White Sox as much depth as possible. However, keeping Garcia would not be a bad thing either. If he continues to be a .300 hitter, who wouldn’t want him in the lineup?

Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu is another key player that the White Sox have controlled through the 2019 season. He finished the season with an impressive batting line of .305 AVG/.355 OBP/.554 SLG with 33 home runs, 102 RBIs, and a career-high 6 triples. Abreu now has 4 straight seasons with 25+ home runs and 100+ RBIs, that shows the impressive consistency he has year after year.

Abreu’s case for being with the club post rebuild is more likely than Gracia’s. Many in the White Sox organization have noticed how Abreu has developed into a leader in the clubhouse this season. He has been a mentor for young players like Yoan Moncada. Jose can also be credited for helping recruit top prospect Luis Robert to the White Sox organization.

Jose’s consistency year after year and ability to help mentor the younger players that will soon be joining the White Sox in the following seasons, make him a perfect candidate for staying post-rebuild.

Abreu has made comments recently about his desire to stay on the south side.

“The only thing I can tell you is that I’m very grateful to this organization because it this organization gave me the opportunity to play at this level and this organization made my mom’s dreams come true,” Abreu said. “Everyone who helps my mom accomplish her dreams is going to be in very high regard from me. I would like to stay here forever. I would like to play with this team my whole career. But it is a business and we have to accept and respect what’s in the future.”

To make sure the message was clear, Abreu repeated himself

“I would like to stay here forever,” he said