For Cleveland Guardians fans hoping the team would make a big splash in free agency, it was no doubt frustrating to watch former White Sox first baseman José Abreu sign a three-year deal with the Houston Astros this week.
While that may have been disappointing, there are certainly plenty of other fish in the sea, as they say. But what was interesting was the news that the Guardians did in fact offer a three-year deal to Abreu as well.
Abreu's deal with the Astros looks to be for about $19.5 million a year, making it a total of $58.5 million over the next three years. It would be interesting to know what the Guardians offered him - maybe something in the $15 million range per year?
Even at 36 years old, Abreu would have been a very solid addition to the Guardians lineup. As Cleveland fans know, he's been rock-solid and reliable for nine years, and this past season, he hit .304/.378/.446 with 15 home runs - a career-low - but 40 doubles and a 133 OPS+.