So far, no buyer’s remorse for the White Sox. After plunking down $68 million on a six-year contract for power-hitting Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu in October, the Sox remain tickled with their purchase. In fact, after seeing Abreu in the flesh again at a minicamp for hitters at the Sox spring training base in Glendale, Ariz., the Sox braintrust may have suppressed a grin or two. ‘‘He actually looked better than what I thought he was going to,’’ first-year hitting coach Todd Steverson said Friday. ‘‘As [general manager] Rick [Hahn] has stated, he is a very serious hitter. He has a plan, he has an idea of how he wants to go about everything he does. He’s pretty meticulous. He is a very strong man. He’s not the kind of guy who will flat whip the bat around, like Gary Sheffield bat speed or anything like that, but when he barrels up a baseball, it takes off.’’ The ‘‘getting to know you’’ three-day minicamp for about 15 hitters included Abreu and offseason acquisitions Matt Davidson and Adam Eaton, catcher Josh Phegley and prospects Marcus Semien, Courtney Hawkins, Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker. But Abreu was the star attraction, a part the Sox hope he assumes before too long as the team’s every-day first baseman and a force in the middle of the lineup.
Jose Abreu deal looking even better for White Sox
Chicago Sun-Times | Jan 19