White Sox sign Cuban slugger Abreu

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 29, 2013
The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a six-year, $68 million deal with Cuban slugger Jose Abreu. The White Sox announced the move on Tuesday, about a week and a half after they reached an agreement. The 26-year-old Abreu will receive a signing bonus of $10 million and earn $7 million in 2014. Abreu, who defected over the summer, batted .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs at the World Baseball Classic last spring. 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 the top-level league in Cuba, Abreu hit .316 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI in 83 games.
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