Sounds like the Red Sox came up just a bit short in picking up a powerful middle-of-the-order bat for the 2014 season.
While it was known the Red Sox were in the hunt for Jose Abreu last fall with reported bids at $55 million, the Boston Herald reports today that the Boston bid fell less than $5 million short to acquire the 27-year-old Cuban first baseman.
The White Sox agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract to acquire the first baseman in October.
While the Red Sox were anticipating Mike Napoli returning for a second season in Boston, the Herald reports that the team may have considered Abreu to play third base.
Abreu has 27 home runs, which is one shy of the major league lead, to go along with 69 RBIs on the season. The Red Sox have scored the fewest runs in baseball this season.
Abreu is 1-for-14 against the Red Sox this season including going 1-for-4 with a strikeout in Monday night's 4-0 loss to the ChiSox.