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Jose Abreu agrees to 3 year deal with White Sox

First baseman Jose Abreu has agreed to a three-year, $50 million extension to stay with the Chicago White Sox through the 2022 season.

The club announced Friday that the 32-year-old will receive a $5 million signing bonus and will see an increase in salary as the contract progresses.

Abreu will have a full no-trade clause in 2020 and a limited one in 2021, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Abreu was scheduled to be a free agent this winter, but Chicago’s decision to extend a qualifying offer could have affected his market, as any team that signed him would have had to surrender a draft pick. Rather than deal with an unclear market, he accepted the one-year, $17.8 million deal.

Under terms of the new contract, Abreu will have an $11 million base salary in 2020. Since signing a six-year, $68 million deal in October 2013, Abreu has been a force in the White Sox lineup. He has hit 22-plus home runs in all six of his big league seasons, and he has driven in 100-plus runs five times.

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He is coming off a season in which he slashed .284/.330/.503 with an .834 OPS, piling up 33 home runs and an American League-best 123 RBI. He also earned his third career All-Star selection.

Abreu was the 2014 AL Rookie of the Year and has a pair of Silver Slugger Awards on his resume.

Not only that, but he has also received AL MVP votes four times, receiving both a seventh- and 10th-place vote this year.

As productive as Abreu has been with the bat, the White Sox have not made the postseason since 2008. They made a 10-win jump this past season as they went 72-89. Their third-place result in the AL Central is their best finish since 2012.

Abreu’s extension marks the second lucrative contract the White Sox have handed out in as many days. Chicago signed two-time All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal Thursday, the biggest free-agent contract in franchise history.

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Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox

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Boston Red Sox (15-10) at Chicago White Sox (18-8)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
S Wright (2-2) (1.37) vs. J Quintana (3-1) (1.47)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -133 / Boston Red Sox +123\

The Boston Red Sox go on the road to face the Chicago White Sox in Tuesday night action.

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The Boston Red Sox have been clicking on all cylinders with the pitching and hitting both contributing to wins in eight of ten which has them atop the AL East. The Red Sox come off of a three game sweep of the Yankees following an 8-7 win on Sunday where the offense saved the day. Boston ace David Price gave up six runs on eight hits over seven frames which was good enough to get the win. The Red Sox amassed 14 hits and walked three times with  Travis Shaw and Christian Vasquez slamming two run jacks while Hanley Ramirez drove in two and scored. The Boston Red Sox send Steven Wright to the bump in search of his third straight victory. Wright defeated the Braves 9-4 last time out with two runs plated (one earned) on three hits and three BB in seven frames.

The Chicago White Sox showed some resiliency in Baltimore this past weekend to earn a split of their four game series after dropping the first two.  Overall the Pale Hose have won eight of ten after dominating the Orioles 7-1 on Sunday. White Sox starter Chris Sale was stingy as usual with the lone run allowed on five hits and four free passes through 5.1 innings while four relievers held Baltimore scoreless. The CWS attack consisted of 13 hits and six walks with Brett Lawrie going 3-3 with a solo homer while Jerry Sands knocked in two runs as every starter but one scored or drove in runs. Left hander Jose Quintana toes the rubber for the White Sox with his third straight shutout on his mind. Quintana is coming off of a 4-0 win at Toronto with six scoreless innings while striking out ten.
AL East standings as of Tuesday morning:

  1. Boston15-10 (.600)
    2. Baltimore 14-10 (.583)
    3. Tampa Bay 11-13 (.458)
    4. Toronto 12-15 (.444)
    5. New York 8-15 (.348)

Tuesday, May 3, 8:10 p.m., ET: RHP Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47)

Wednesday, May 4, 8:10 p.m., ET: RHP Clay Buchholz (0-3, 6.51) vs. LHP John Danks (0-4, 7.25)

Thursday, May 5, 8:10 p.m., ET: LHP Henry Owens (0-0, 4.82) vs. LHP Carlos Rodon (1-3, 4.33)

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Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox squandered an early lead and fell 5-4 to the Boston Red Sox on Monday in the opener of a three-game series.

White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija could not contain the Red Sox’s Rusney Castillo, who had five RBIs in the first six innings. Jose Abreuhit a home run for the second consecutive game, a first-inning shot that was his 24th of the season. Red Sox starter Joe Kelly gave up two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings to win his fifth consecutive start. The White Sox rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the comeback fell just short. 

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The White Sox hoped to make up ground with some sub-.500 teams on the schedule, but they are just 2-2 over the first four games of the 10-game stretch. The White Sox fell to 58-64 on the season and need to go 23-17 the rest of the way in order to finish at least a .500 on the season, which would be a eight-game improvement from last season.

The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline continues to be the turning point in Samardzija’s season. He had delivered 10-consecutive starts of at least seven innings at that point, but since then he has lost all five of his August starts. In a rough month, the right-hander has pitched 28 innings and given up 28 earned runs, with seven home runs allowed.

It doesn’t take long for a game to get away from you as Samardzija showed in the second inning. After hitting Hanley Ramirez with a pitch in the left kidney area, Samardzija than gave up a single to Brock Holt. Castillo followed with what appeared to be a wind-aided three-run home run to center field and the White Sox never led again. Just how many pitches did the sequence take? The Red Sox went from trailing 1-0, with nobody on base, into the lead for good in a mere six pitches.

The White Sox will send LH Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.60 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in the middle game of the three-game series. The Red Sox will counter with left-hander Wade Miley (10-9, 4.41) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

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