White Sox’s first impression of Jose Abreu: “That’s a big man”

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Cuban slugger Jose Abreu participated in the White Sox’s mini-hitter camp yesterday and after watching the $68 million man in person for the first time hitting coach Todd Steverson was pretty excited:

That’s a strong man right here. That’s a big man. He has a nice smooth, compact approach. He didn’t try to do too much with the ball and the ball was flying off his bat.

Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com also passed along this quote about Abreu from general manager Rick Hahn:

We try to keep in mind that it’s Jan. 14 and we still have a ways to go, but just watching Jose go through his work, you saw that professionalism as well as the plus-plus power on display today in only his first couple of rounds of BP. He’s a very serious hitter. He’s one who goes up there with a plan and has a great deal of ability and it’s going to be fun to see how this plays out over the next couple of years.

Hayes writes that Hahn “couldn’t contain his enthusiasm after he watched Abreu’s first action in a White Sox uniform.” (Not literally, I hope.)

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.