White Sox Introduce Cuban Slugger Jose Abreu
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(CBS) It’s official – Jose Abreu is now a member of the White Sox family.
The team officially announced the signed of the 26-year-old Cuban first baseman to a six-year, $68 million deal on Tuesday morning at U.S. Cellular Field.
Abreu, who signed the richest deal for an international free agent in baseball’s history, will receive a $10 million signing bonus and will be paid $7 million in 2014 and 2015, $10 million in 2016, $10.5 million in 2017, $11.5 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2019.
Defecting from Cuba in August, Abreu led Cuba’s Serie Nacional in 2010-11 with a .453 batting average and, in 66 games, had 33 home runs and 93 RBIs.
The following season, he added a .394 average, 35 home runs and 99 RBIs.