by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/30/14) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is staying off his feet for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, as he is in the lineup as the designated hitter to start the day. Abreu is dealing with some leg soreness, but it is not expected to keep him out of the lineup at any point.
Jose Abreu ends homer drought
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/20/14) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu ended his homer drought Tuesday against the Orioles.
Abreu struck in the first inning. With the bases empty, Abreu took an 84 mph changeup out to left center for the solo shot. The home run snapped a steak of 77 plate appearances without a dinger. Abreu finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.
Does Avisail Garcia have value this season?
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/16/14)
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back. After suffering a brutal shoulder injury April 9, there was a good chance Garcia would miss the rest of the season. That's no longer the case. Garcia worked his way back, and has dominated during a rehab assignment, hitting .340 over 13 games. Garcia entered the year as a late-round, high-upside player, so his activation should intrigue Fantasy owners. Will Garcia produce enough to help teams down the stretch?
The answer partially depends on how you evaluated Garcia entering the season. Scouts have been mixed. Garcia hasn't shown the best command of the strike zone while coming up as a prospect, but has tremendous physical skills. He frequently drew comparisions to Miguel Cabrera due to his body type. The White Sox obviously think highly of Garcia. The club not only dealt for him last season, but plugged him into the middle of the order immediately.
On a performance-basis, it's tough to know what to expect. Garcia performed admirably in 2013, and got off to a promising start in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 performance consists of 34 plate appearances.
The White Sox aren't expecting a dropoff. In his first game off the disabled list, Garcia will hit behind Jose Abreu. That's a desirable job for nearly any hitter in the majors. He'll also hit behind Adam Eaton, who quietly has a .370 on-base percentage. That should give Garcia some nice RBI opportunities, at least when Abreu doesn't go deep.
Even in a best case scenario, it's tough to recommend Garcia as anything more than a reserve in mixed leagues. Outfield is deep, and there are other players on the waiver wire with better numbers than Garcia. While there's upside with Garcia, no one knows how good he can be at this point in his career. Given the choice between picking up an unknown in Garcia or a guy like Christian Yelich, a safe owner would choose Yelich almost every time.
Garcia's outlook hasn't really changed since the beginning of the season. If you liked him then, you should like him now. But given the depth in the outfield, it's tough to say owners should spring to pick him up on the waiver wire. In three outfielder leagues, he can stay out there. In anything deeper, he's definitely worth an add.
Jose Abreu stretches hitting streak to 21 in Friday victory
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/2/14)Jose Abreu did Friday night what Jose Abreu does - all that was missing was the home run.
The White Sox slugger singled in a run in the fourth to increase his major league-leading RBI total to 84. He finished the game with three singles, two runs scored and a walk in aiding a shootout win over the Twins.
Abreu now boasts a 21-game hitting streak and has hit safely in an increasingly ridiculous 39 of 40 games.
Jose Abreu remains on fire with three-hit game in Motor City
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/1/14) The only unusual aspect of another big game for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu on Thursday was that he neither scored nor drove in a run. Other than that - typical Abreu.
The breakout star doubled twice, singled and walked twice in helping his team defeat Detroit. Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 and has hit safely in 38 of his last 39 games. He leads the majors in home runs with 31 and RBI with 83.
08/30/2014 07:00 Start and sit hitters for Week 23
Which hitters are going to get it done for you in Fantasy as the playoffs get into full swing? Our Scott White breaks down the options in his start/sit for Week 23.
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Joey Votto's underwhelming 2014 season might lead owners in keeper leagues to leave him behind, but that could be a costly mistake.
As is often the case for Cuban defectors, what little we know about Jose Abreu comes in the form of vague scouting reports and watered-down statistics. But we at least know the White Sox liked him enough to give him the largest contract ever for an international player. On the one hand, it makes sense. He had a better track record in Cuba than either Yoenis Cespedes or Yasiel Puig, and look what they've done in the majors. But on the other hand, no scout is willing to call Abreu a sure thing, with some even questioning his bat speed. Of course, Cespedes and Puig had their skeptics as well. Just as a matter of principle, some people refuse to buy into the unknown. White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams isn't one of them, praising Abreu's low-effort swing and ability to drive the ball the other way. A power hitter who some think could hit for average as well, Abreu is pretty much a lock to take over for Paul Konerko at first base this year, but since nobody really knows how he'll perform, he figures to be one of the more interesting picks on Draft Day. The range is anywhere from an early round Puig type to a fringy Dayan Viciedo type, making a middle-round pick in Mark Trumbo or Mark Teixeira territory about right.