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White Sox sign OF Robert to 6-year, $50M deal

Field Level Media

January 02, 2020 at 7:53 pm.

The Chicago White Sox agreed to a six-year, $50 million contract with top outfield prospect Luis Robert on Thursday.

The contract also includes $20 million club options for both 2026 and 2027, with a $2 million buyout on both options. Robert will receive $1.5 million in 2020, $3.5 million in 2021, $6 million in 2022, $9.5 million in 2023, $12.5 million in 2024 and $15 million in 2025.

Robert, 22, batted .328 with 32 home runs, 36 stolen bases and 92 RBIs in 122 games across three minor league levels in 2019.

He added 11 triples, 31 doubles and 108 runs with Class-A Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

A native of Cuba, Robert defected in 2016. He originally signed with the White Sox in May 2017, receiving a $26 million signing bonus.

“I am extremely happy with this deal because it is God’s will,” Robert said in a team press release. “Hopefully this year I will finally make my dream come true of playing in the big leagues. I risked everything when I left Cuba to pursue this dream, and now I know the whole process and all my sacrifices will be rewarded. My next step is to keep working as hard as ever, but now with more dedication and desire to help my team achieve our ultimate goal of winning championships.”

MLB.com ranks the 6-foot-2, 210-pound outfielder as the No. 1 prospect in the White Sox system and No. 3 overall in baseball.

“Luis is a hugely talented player who showed his unique set of impressive skills last season and who we believe will be making an impact at the Major League level during the 2020 season,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in the release. “As he showed at three levels in 2019, Luis has the ability to impact a game dramatically with his bat, his speed, his glove and his arm. We see him as a very important part of a talented core of position players who we anticipate will be competing together with the White Sox for many seasons to come.”

His three-year totals in the minors include a .312 batting average with 35 homers, 63 steals and 123 RBIs in 200 games.