White Sox, top prospect Eloy Jimenez agree to 6-year, $43M deal

first_imgThe White Sox, who lost out in the offseason’s free-agent sweepstakes, instead have invested heavily in homegrown talent Eloy Jimenez.An outfielder rated No. 3 in MLB Pipeline’s 2019 Top 100 prospects, Jimenez has reached a six-year, $43 million agreement with the team Just because I know Twitter adores wonkiness, granularity and context: Eloy Jimenez’s $43M deal is the biggest for a player with no service time already in a major league organization. Masahiro Tanaka, Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka all signed for more as free agents. https://t.co/DylRwfxGJ8— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 20, 2019In fact, the new contract, given its length, means that service time becomes a moot point and Jimenez should find himself on Chicago’s roster from Opening Day on. The good news is this: Eloy Jimenez will start the season with the Chicago White Sox, presumably as their everyday right fielder. There’s no reason to keep him in the minor leagues anymore.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 20, 2019Still, he has yet to make a regular-season plate appearance and while he is a plus-plus hitter, his defense isn’t particularly strong, per MLB Pipeline: “He’s a subpar outfield defender who’s limited to left field with a fringy to average arm, while not a liability isn’t particularly strong.”Clearly, the White Sox believe he will more than make up for that deficiency with his bat. It’s official! The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms on a six-year, $43-million contract with outfielder Eloy Jiménez, plus two club options that could extend the deal through the 2026 season. pic.twitter.com/h4BgKeDOdd— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 22, 2019The deal has two club options on the end as well which could extend his contract trhough 2026.Jimenez, 22, recently was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte, where he finished a monster 2018 season split between there and Double-A Birmingham, slashing .337/.384/.577 with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs in 108 games. Related News Astros, Alex Bregman agree to 6-year, $100 million extension, report says The size of the deal smashes the record for a player with zero MLB service with his big-league organization, different from foreign players who signed as free agents. last_img