CHICAGO – Cuban slugger Jose Abreu couldn’t pass up the chance to play alongside his countrymen on the Chicago White Sox.
Abreu officially finalized a six-year, $68-million deal with the White Sox on Tuesday, about a week-and-a-half after the sides reached an agreement on the largest contract in franchise history. He is the organization’s 17th Cuban player and the third currently on the roster, joining shortstop Alexei Ramirez and outfielder Dayan Viciedo.
“I know there were other teams interested but the support that I would have from Cuban players like Alexei and Dayan and from the beginning, they were interested and showed their interest,” Abreu said through a translator.
“When it came down to where it will be, it was pretty simple to pick the White Sox.”
Barry Praver, Abreu’s agent, said as many as eight teams were seriously involved before the list was narrowed to five finalists.