MLB rumors have the Chicago White Sox signing Cuban star Jose Abreu. Those MLB rumors about Abreu appear to have been confirmed early Friday morning (Oct. 18). According to a report from ESPN, the White Sox have agreed to a six-year, $68 million deal with the free agent first baseman. That's a huge amount of money for the team to invest in an international free agent, but apparently they liked what he showed in workouts.
This is a huge acquisition for the White Sox, especially as the team tries to rebuild its roster. Adding someone who could be a big bat in the middle of the lineup could do a lot to put more people in the seats during the 2014 MLB season as well. He follows a growing list of names that have come to MLB from Cuba and become stars, with the latest being Yasiel Puig with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yoenis Cespedes with the Oakland Athletics.
It was just back in the 2010-11 season that Abreu posted a .453 batting averaging in Cuba, posting 33 home runs and 93 RBIs to go with that astounding mark. Now he will step into a position being vacated by Paul Konerko, who MLB rumors indicate will head into free agency and leave the Chicago White Sox during the offseason. It is a bit surprising that Chicago was able to nab Jose Abreu, especially with teams like the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers originally in the running.
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