Let's not act like Abreu was a sure thing or anything close to it. And let's especially not act like we had much of a clue of how good he'd be.
I certainly had no idea. Like the Dodgers with Puig, however, I do believe the White Sox knew the upside they were paying for and believed they had a good chance of getting that production in short order.
The Dodgers believed 100% in their investment in Puig, and I believe the White Sox did, as well. I don't really have a point outside of saying that these are the type of decisions that give insight as to how well an org evaluates talent and handicaps it, from an investment standpoint.
Ancillary to that, I'd prefer an org not make a move that grandiose if it isn't sure it has the ability to make that large an investment wisely. To close the circle, this was an issue I had with giving Jimenez the fourth year, particularly at that salary. If that contract works out, I think that is a huge feather in this front office's cap, because it is pretty clearly outside the industry "consensus" as to what would be considered a solid investment package for Jimenez (no different than the industry flaming the Dodgers for their huge investment in Puig).