White Sox sign Abreu to 6-year, $68M deal

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White Sox sign Abreu to 6-year, $68M deal

Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has finalized a $68 million, six-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.

The deal was announced Tuesday, about a week and a half after the sides reached an agreement.

The 26-year-old will receive a signing bonus of $10 million, with $6 million payable upon approval by Major League Baseball and $4 million due on Nov. 14, 2014. He will get salaries of $7 million in each of the next two seasons, $10 million in 2016, $10.5 million in 2017, $11.5 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2019.

Abreu, who defected from Cuba last summer, hit .360 (9 for 25) with three home runs and nine RBI at the World Baseball Classic in March. He is expected to play either first base or fill the designated hitter role. AP

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