10/29/13 - TV - White Sox finalize deal with Cuban slugger Abreu KLAS
CHICAGO (AP) - Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has finalized a $68 million,
six-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.
The deal was announced Tuesday, about a week-and-a-half after the sides
reached an agreement.
The 26-year-old will receive a signing bonus of $10 million, with $6
million payable upon approval by Major League Baseball and $4 million due
Nov. 14, 2014. He will get salaries of $7 million in each of the next two
seasons, $10 million in 2016, $10.5 million in 2017, $11.5 million in 2018
and $12 million in 2019.
Abreu, who defected last summer, batted .360 (9 for 25) with three home
runs and nine RBIs at the World Baseball Classic last March. The 6-foot-3,
250-pound Abreu is expected to play either first base or fill the
designated hitter role. Abreu can help bolster a White Sox offense that
scored the fewest runs in the American League and hit only 148 home runs,
tied for third fewest in the AL, en route to a 63-99 record one year after
finishing second in the AL Central.
During his 2013 season with Cienfuegos in the top-level league in Cuba,
Abreu hit .316 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs in 83 games.
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