Chicago White Sox sign Cuban defector Jose Abreu

The White Sox have made the first big splash of the free agency season

10/18/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Blog Photo - Chicago White Sox sign Cuban defector Jose AbreuThe White Sox were absolutely abysmal last year, and their offense was one of the worst in baseball. Chris Sale was really the only bright spot on the team, and they were one of the most disappointing teams in baseball.

They've taken their first step towards rectifying that situation, signing Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu to a six-year contract for $68 million.

That's the largest contract ever given to an international free agent, but it definitely reflects the lofty expectations for Abreu. He's 26 years old, and put on a show at the World Baseball Classic this year, batting .360 with three home runs.

This is a good start for the White Sox, and they've been clearing up a lot of money. Hopefully they don't stop here, and keep trying to bring in some fresh new talent to help bring them back to respectability.
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10/18/13   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

I remember watching this guy in the WBC.  He does have power.  But he stands tall and seems to love to hit mistakes.  If he doesn't adjust MLB pitchers will get him out a lot.  I think he's a little bit of a gamble but a good gamble for a team like the Sox.