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White Sox sign Cuba's Abreu

11:38 AM, Oct 29, 2013   |    comments
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Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a six-year, $68-million contract with free agent Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu.

Abreu will receive a $10-million signing bonus and be paid $7 million in 2014 and 2015, $10 million in 2016, $10.5 million in 2017, $11.5 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2019.

Abreu's power was introduced to the masses during the 2013 World Baseball Classic when he batted .360 with three homers, nine RBI and six runs scored over six games.

"We are very excited to add a talent like Jose to our roster for the next several years," said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. "His skill set should translate very well to our ballpark, and we expect him to be a part of successful White Sox teams throughout his time in Chicago."

The 26-year-old has played the last nine seasons for Cienfuegos in Serie Nacional (Cuban National Series), Cuba's top-level league. The 6-foot-3, 255- pound Abreu made his debut with the team in 2004 at age 17.

Including the postseason, Abreu has hit .392 with 133 home runs, 337 RBI and 311 runs scored 346 games over the last four seasons.

In his final season with Cienfuegos, Abreu hit .316 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI over 83 games. He also posted a .479 on-base and .604 slugging percentage last season.

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