The White Sox have reached a long-term settlement with outfield prospect Luis Robert, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reviews. The deal consists of $50MM in assured cash over six years, and it options two membership choices, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
It will already be the second profitable contract for the 22-year-old Robert, whom the White Sox signed out of Cuba for a $26MM bonus a pair months into the 2017 season. Robert has justified his payday since then, as he’s now considered one of many majors’ premier prospects. He ran roughshod over the excessive minors final season, batting .297/.341/.634 with 16 residence runs in 223 plate appearances throughout his first (and perhaps solely) style of Triple-A motion.
As MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk just lately famous when exploring a possible extension for Robert, he’s the newest White Sox outfielder to land a brand new deal earlier than ever enjoying within the majors. The membership signed outfielder Eloy Jimenez to a six-year, $43MM pact – then a document for an early profession extension – shortly earlier than final season began. Jimenez has greater than lived as much as the choice to this point, having completed 2019 among the many majors’ most profitable rookies.
The Robert pact provides the White Sox an additional 12 months of management over him, as they’re now slated to maintain him by 2027 as a substitute of ’26. Plus, if all goes properly, it might tamp down large arbitration earnings for Robert. Regardless, the White Sox now have a minimum of two-thirds of an especially enviable younger outfield between him and Jimenez. And if current commerce acquisition Nomar Mazara, 24, begins dwelling as much as his huge potential, Chicago might possess one of many sport’s premier outfields for the foreseeable future.
Extra to come back.