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The Red Sox are in “active talks” with the White Sox about a trade for Jose Abreu

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Jon Heyman reports that the Chicago White Sox have been in “active talks” with Boston Red Sox and other teams regarding a trade of first baseman Jose Abreu.

Abreu, the 2014 Rookie of the Year, hit .304/.354/.552 with 33 homers and 102 RBI last year, leading the American League in total bases. He turns 31 in January. The White Sox are in the midst of a comprehensive tear-down and rebuild, having already dealt Chris Sale, Adam Eaton, Todd Frazier, David Robertson, Melky Cabrera and Jose Quintana while building one of the best farm systems in baseball. In light of that, Abreu is clearly someone Chicago would be looking to deal despite the power he brings to the lineup.

His contract is pretty reasonable for a guy with his numbers. He’s under team control through 2019, and will be owed a salary $11.5 million next season and $12 million the following year. The Red Sox, of course, are in need of a first baseman and have been suggested as suitors for Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana. Abreu would cost the team some prospects, but he’d come far cheaper in terms of salary over the next two years.

Seems like a good fit. And, either way, you can be sure the Sox will win the trade.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Score and Highlight

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Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.

Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.

As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:

I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?

We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.