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Heyman | Luis Robert has deal with White Sox

Jon Heyman



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The Chicago White Sox have an agreement with Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, and the contract is expected to be worth between $25-$30 million, sources told FanRag Sports.

The 19-year-old right-handed hitter had declared for free agency in April but had spent that time garnering interest from teams that had watched him work out in the Dominican Republic.

Robert certainly fits the mold of what the White Sox are trying to do: Build around a younger core instead of ponying up money for veteran pieces.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn made that clear over the winter when he dealt one of the top pitchers in baseball, Chris Sale, to the Red Sox in exchange for a batch of prospects which included infielder Yoan Moncada and flamethrower Michael Kopech.

“I certainly understand why people would believe we would be in the mix given how nicely he could conceivably fit with not only in (our) rebuild but our history with similar such players,” Hahn said last week, per The Chicago Tribune. “I expect the bidding will be extremely robust. He’s an extremely talented young man who is going to have an impact (whoever) he winds up joining.”

Though Roberts is an impressive get for the White Sox, the club won’t be able to ink another international free agent for more than $300,000 over the next two seasons.

The White Sox have become more active in the Cuban pipeline with Moncada’s presence, as well as first baseman Jose Abreu, who signed with the club on a six-year deal in 2013.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds were two others teams believed to aggressively pursue Robert.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.