Although the Chicago White Sox and free agent first baseman Jose Abreu agreed to the terms of a contract a few weeks ago, today the deal has become official as Abreu signed his six-year, $68 million dollar deal.
A record breaking deal, Abreu’s contract breaks down in the following format.
In 2014 and 2015, Abreu will be paid $7 million dollars, a number that will increase to $10 million in 2016. In 2017, Abreu’s contract will jump slightly to $10.5 million while he will be paid $11.5 in 2018. The final year of Abreu’s deal in 2019, he’ll be paid $12 million. All of that will be combined onto the $10 million dollar signing bonus the White Sox are giving Abreu.
It’s a pretty hefty deal for the 26-year-old first baseman, though as the Los Angeles Dodgers found out with Yasiel Puig, it can more than pay off. Of course, Abreu’s deal (which is considerably more than Puig’s) won’t look as team friendly as the deal given to Puig, but I don’t think the White Sox will care if the Cuban native performs like he’s expected to.