Found October 18, 2013 on Baseball News Source:
According to and Fox Sports the Chicago White Sox and  Jose Dariel Abreu have agreed to a six-year, $68-million contract with the White Sox, pending the outcome of a physical.The 26-year-old slugger defected this summer. Buster Olney reported Thursday night the White Sox were front-runners to land Abreu at around $70 million. Olney also reported the Boston Red Sox were out of the running and the Houston Astros had fallen short with a bid of $55 million. Abreu, 26, hit .345 with 19 homers and 60 RBI in just 264 at-bats in the 2012-13 Cuban season. His best year came in 2010-11, when he hit .453/.597/.986 with 33 homers and 93 RBI in 66 games. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Abreu is a right-handed hitter who can also be inserted as the designated hitter. At this spring’s World Baseball Classic, he batted .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs. The White Sox freed some $40 million in payroll this season when Jake Peavy was traded to the Red Sox and Alex Rios was dealt to the Texas Rangers. Konerko also made $13.5 million in the last year of his White Sox deal, while Gavin Floyd was paid $9.5 million in the final year of his contract.

Cuban defector Jose Abreu reportedly agrees to deal with Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox aren’t taking finishing in the cellar lightly.  They appear to be making a strong move toward American League Central contention sooner than later.  According to Doug Padilla of, multiple media sources (AP,, FOX) are reporting that Cuban defector Jose Abreu has agreed to a 6-year, $68M deal to play on the South Side of Chicago. ...

Erik Johnson: 2014 Fantasy Sleeper

If Johnson can crack Chicago’s Opening Day rotation, Homer Bailey-like stats aren’t out of the question.I’m always intrigued by prospects with very good minor leagues peripherals yet very little fanfare. Erik Johnson is this kind of player.Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 Amateur Draft, Johnson has pitched parts of three seasons in the White Sox minor league system. He’s...

White Sox land prized Cuban defector Jose Abreu

The Chicago White Sox had a rough year in 2013. They finished dead last in the AL Central and essentially blew up the roster when they dealt two of their best players, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios, during the season when it became clear that contending wasn’t in the realm of possibility. The mood around the south side got a little more jovial today when it was announced that the White...

AP Source: White Sox land Cuban slugger Abreu

A person familiar with the situation says Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. The person spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. Several outlets had earlier reported the agreement. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Abreu could play first base or serve as the designated hitter. He batted...

White Sox win Jose Abreu sweepstakes.

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract to acquire Cuban free-agent first baseman Jose Abreu. Abreu’s contract will be the largest initial free-agent contract given to an international player. The 26-year old Abreu defected from Cuba this past summer. He is considered somewhat of a risky acquisition as he is relatively unknown despite having a better...

White Sox, Jose Abreu agree to six-year, $68 million deal

Jose Abreu was choosing between the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox. Multiple reports suggested that Abreu was all but certain to go to Chicago to play for the White Sox, while another report said that the Rangers were the favorites to land Abreu. A deal has now been agreed to and it looks like the Jose Abreu race is over. The Chicago White Sox and Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu...

Report: White Sox strike deal with Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox have reportedly reached an agreement on a deal. The White Sox will play the Cuban first baseman $68 million over the next six years. With an $11.33 million annual salary this is the largest deal ever for a Cuban player nearly doubling the deal that Yasiel Puig signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Abreu’s average annual value of $11.33M will...

White Sox to sign Cuba's Jose Abreu

The Chicago White Sox are finalizing an agreement with Cuban defector Jose Abreu on a six-year, $68 million contract, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports . The deal for Abreu would be the largest first-time contract for an international player in major-league history, Rosenthal reports. The Astros, Red Sox and White Sox recently had emerged as frontrunners to sign the 26-year...

Konerko could stay after Abreu signing

The White Sox officially remained silent Friday about a potential agreement with Cuban slugger Jose Abreu one day after the news leaked out about the deal reported to be worth $68 million over six years. A source told the Tribune on Thursday night that Abreu a 26-year-old first baseman will sign with the Sox pending a physical and barring any last-minute snags.

White Sox set to sign Cuban 1B Jose Abreu to record-deal

According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Chicago White Sox are in line to sign Cuban defector, Jose Abreu to a record-setting deal. Rosenthal is reporting that the White Sox will sign the first baseman to a 6-year, $68 million deal. The White Sox beat out the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in […]

Jose Abreu Bidding Expected to Reach $70 M

Buster Olney reports that bidding on Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu is expected to be for $70 M. Bidding on Cuba defector Jose Abreu is expected to be for a $70 million deal, sources say. White Sox,Astros, Rangers viewed as frontrunners. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 16, 2013 Olney also says that the White Sox, Rangers, and Astros are the front runners in that update...

Plot Thickens: Jose Abreu Could Be Heading To The White Sox

Updated 10/17 4:50 PM In this fast developing story, it now appears that the White Sox will emerge as the winning bidders based on reports from Buster Olney that the Red Sox do not expect to sign Abreu, and that the Astros’ bid actually fell short. Abreu would make perfect sense for the White Sox with the expected retirement of Paul Konerko. This is kind of wild… Looks like the...

Abreu Deal Worth $70 Million; White Sox, Rangers, Astros Considered Frontrunners

Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the bidding on Cuban free agent Jose Abreu is expected to be for a $70 million deal, according to what sources have told him. He says that the White Sox, Astros and Rangers are viewed as the frontrunners to land him. The blind bids for Abreu were submitted during last Saturday’s deadline. At the time, Joe Frisaro said the Marlins were also...

Rumors: Giants, Rangers, Marlins out on Jose Abreu; Down to Red Sox, Astros, White Sox

Yesterday I wrote that the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox were the favorites to land power hitting Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu. In the past 24 hours, a lot has changed with where he may land. Jose Abreu is down to the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, and Chicago White Sox, according to Jesse Sanchez of The San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Miami...

Jose Abreu Narrows Choices Down To Astros, Red Sox, and White Sox

Updated 10/17 3:45 PM Jesse Sanchez of is reporting that Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu has narrowed his choices down to the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago White Sox.  The 26-year old first baseman could reach a final decision within the next two weeks. Last night, we reported that Buster Olney put the value of his deal at $70 million. Such a deal would...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.