CHICAGO -- Eager to start earning his new six-year, $68 million deal, new Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has already reported to the team's spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., ESPNChicago.com has learned.
Not only is Abreu's arrival more than a week ahead of the reporting date for pitchers and catchers, he has arrived well in advance of the Feb. 20 report date for position players.
New hitting coach Todd Steverson talked about Abreu's eagerness to get to work when a handful of players reported to Arizona last month for a short hitting camp.
"Actually the first morning it was about 41 degrees out there, real cold," Steverson said. "It was about 7:30 (a.m.) and we weren't supposed to get going until 9. He walked in with his bat, batting gloves and asked if he could go straight into the cage. It was freezing out there, but he didn't care. He wanted to go out and get some work in. He's real regimented."