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Astros: 7 Players Who Could Help at the Trade Deadline

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HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, right, and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow chat during battting practice at Minute Maid Park on June 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, right, and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow chat during battting practice at Minute Maid Park on June 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – MAY 25: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox sits in the dugout following a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 25, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – MAY 25: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox sits in the dugout following a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 25, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Jose Abreu – First Baseman – Chicago White Sox

Long been a crush of the Houston front office, Jose Abreu is stuck on a constantly rebuilding Chicago team. Albeit, they are on the cusp of coming back into prominence, it would be in the White Sox best interest to explore a trade for Abreu, gather more prospects, and continue building towards the future.

Debuting in 2014 as a free agent signing out of Cuba, Abreu could join his countryman, Yuli Gurriel and help him anchor first base while rotating out of the designated hitter spot. With Tyler White being inconsistent, at best, in the DH position, the Astros could use a boost there.

In the early going of the season, Abreu is hitting a robust .292 average with six home runs and 30 RBIs. Something the Astros are struggling with mightily right now. Since debuting, he has yet to have a WAR below 1.0. He is currently sitting with a WAR of 0.8 compared to Tyler White’s WAR of -0.1

Abreu has a penchant for bringing in runners, as he has only posted one year of below 100 RBIs. His power hovers around the 25-35 home run range and would be a fantastic #5 hitter.

Contract: 1 year $16 million – FA in 2020
White Sox Needs: OF, 3B, 1B, RP
Likelihood of happening: Medium to “it needs to happen”

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