The Chicago White Sox are making an immediate splash in the free-agent market, spending nearly $125 million on two free agents in a matter of days.
One day after signing catcher Yasmani Grandal to a club-record four-year, $73 million deal, they agreed to re-sign slugger José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract, the club announced on Friday.
Under terms of the deal, the first baseman will receive a $5 million signing bonus, $11 million in 2020, $16 million in 2021 and $18 million in 2022 with $4 million deferred. In each of his past three seasons, Abreu signed one-year contracts.
The three-time All-Star accepted the $17.8 million qualifying offer last week from the White Sox. This long-term deal replaces that qualifying offer.
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Abreu, who turns 33 in January, has proven to be a consistent slugger and will provide protection for youngsters Eloy Jimenez and Joan Moncada. He led the American League with 123 RBI and slugged 33 home runs with a .503 slugging percentage over 159 games in 2019. He has hit at least 25 homers and drove in 100 runs in five of his first six big leagues.
“From the moment he stepped into the major leagues, José Abreu has been a leader on the field and in the clubhouse,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn in a written statement. “He has consistently delivered run production at a historic pace, and with each passing season, his leadership role within our clubhouse – with both American-born and Latin-American players – has repeatedly grown."
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