Re: Abreu about to sign
posted at 10/18/2013 9:39 AM EDT
Looks like 6 years...
White Sox To Sign Jose Dariel Abreu
[October 17 at 10:06pm CST]
The White Sox will sign Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu for six years and $68MM, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports (on Twitter). The deal is pending a physical. Abreu is represented by Praver Shapiro Sports Management.
The Red Sox, Astros, Rangers, Marlins and Giants all reportedly showed interest in Abreu. The White Sox, however, were able to lure him with a contract that's the biggest ever for an international free agent. The contract easily tops the seven-year, $42MM contract Yasiel Puig received from the Dodgers last year.
Abreu, 26, posted video-game-like numbers in Cuba's Serie Nacional, and his power is very highly regarded. Athletics assistant GM David Forst, for example, favorably compared Abreu toRyan Howard. Some experts have had concerns about Abreu's bat speed, however, and many have been critical of his athleticism and defense. Tim Dierkes' free agent profilepredicted Abreu would get six years and $54MM.
In the short term, the signing should help the White Sox generate fan excitement after a miserable 99-loss season in 2013. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn shared the first base position for the White Sox last season, and both struggled. Konerko is now a free agent, and it's unclear whether he will return next year. If he does, he could get at bats at designated hitter. The White Sox still owe Dunn $15MM for 2014.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal originally reported (also via Twitter) that Abreu would sign for six years and $68MM, and that the White Sox were the likely team.