The White Sox avoided arbitration with first baseman Jose Abreu, agreeing to a one-year, $10.825 million contract for the 2017 season, MLB.com’s Phil Rogers reports.
Abreu, 29, chose to opt out of his six-year contract with the White Sox last month, instead going year-to-year in arbitration. The contract called for a $10.5 million salary for the 2017 season, so he made several hundred thousand dollars more. The contract would have also paid him $11.5 million in 2018 and $12 million in ’19.
Abreu finished the 2016 season hitting .293/.353/.468 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI in 695 plate appearances.
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.