Found October 18, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Jose Abreu is about to become the latest Cuban baseball star to hit big money in the major leagues. According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the 26-year-old first baseman is finalizing terms on a contract with the Chicago White Sox that will pay him $68 million over six years.  This will be the largest first-time deal ever given to an international player, surpassing the six-year, $56 million package that Yu Darvish received from the Rangers. Among Cuban signees, Abreu's contract is worth $26 million more than the seven-year, $42 million deal that Yasiel Puig signed with the Dodgers.  Earlier Thursday, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported that Abreu had narrowed his list of prospective teams down to the Astros, Red Sox and White Sox. The Rangers, Giants and Marlins also showed strong interest in signing the first baseman. Yet later in the day, both Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan and CBSSports' Danny Knobler wrote that Texas was making a late push for Abreu. H...
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