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Just now, soxfan2014 said:

No way he rejects that.

Yah.  For the Sox to do this means that Jose must have had no interest in signing a 2 year $25-28M deal the past few months. 

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2 minutes ago, ChiSox59 said:

WOW.  Kind of significant news.  Jose should take it. 

With his production being good but not great and his glove being a liability, I doubt he would easily make 8 figures on the open market.

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Just now, GermanSoxFan said:

Maybe I am reading too much into it, but offering a qualifying offer seems to me that they are not going to sign him to a multiyear extension.

I agree.

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Just now, GermanSoxFan said:

Maybe I am reading too much into it, but offering a qualifying offer seems to me that they are not going to sign him to a multiyear extension.

Obviously.  I think this pretty clearly means that what the Sox are offering and what Jose wants are not matching up.

Which, IMO, is probably a good thing.  Overpaying Jose Abreu for multiple seasons would be very stupid.  Overpaying him for 1 season would be less stupid. 

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1 year at $18 seems ideal for both sides. Jose gets way more money than he would on the open market and the Sox get him for the 1 year they really need him and not the 2-3 he desires.

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Ew... eh... whatever. Hopefully it doesn't impact them from spending in the offseason. I'm definitely glad it's just for a year however.

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3 minutes ago, BackDoorBreach said:

This is honestly ideal. I'm VERY happy they didn't do some emotionally stupid shit.

Completely agree. 

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This also could theoretically allow the Sox to say, "OK, Jose.  We love you man.  But you're not worth $15M AAV over 3-4 years.  Go ahead and test the market, but we'll be here if it  doesn't work out."  And then in a couple months get him to re-sign closer to the 2/$25M deal we were projecting before his hot end to the season.  No one is going to sign Jose Abreu to a multi-year deal and lose a draft pick. 

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I’d have to think this virtually guarantees Abreu is back for next year, unless it is the result of some catastrophic falling out during negotiations. 

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So the Sox are letting Jose test the market, while also screwing his market. Interesting. Hope Jose takes it. He's not going to beat that AVV on a long term deal. 

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18 mil is way to much for abreu, but for a year I can't really bring myself to be upset about it. 

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25 minutes ago, GermanSoxFan said:

Maybe I am reading too much into it, but offering a qualifying offer seems to me that they are not going to sign him to a multiyear extension.

Which is fantastic news

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The worst that happens is he takes the QO, has a monster year and because he no longer has a QO attached and was pissed , he leaves.  I'll take a monster year.

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