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Breaking down Jose Abreu’s contract with the White Sox

Oct 29, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Jose Abreu and the White Sox officially announced their six-year, $68 million contract today with a press conference in Chicago and here are the year-by-year details:

Signing bonus: $10 million
2014: $7 million
2015: $7 million
2016: $10 million
2017: $10.5 million
2018: $11.5 million
2019: $12 million

There’s been a lot made about Abreu getting the largest contract ever for a non-Japanese international signing, but realistically he won’t have to be much more than an average-hitting first baseman to be worth the above salaries and if he turns into a star-caliber slugger he’ll be a bargain.

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  1. NYTolstoy - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    just look at puigs deal. If he gets anywhere close to that caliber then he will be a steal. puigs contract will be nothing compared to the money he will get. Same goes here

  2. pipkin42 - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Besides, teams gotta spend their money on something.

  3. junglerat524 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Not a bad contract at all. Very manageable

  4. Old Gator - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    And of course the Feesh, who were reportedly “all in” on Abreu (I guess the Chihuahua meant his hot tub), managed to avoid a free agent ackcherley biting at their lure again, while making quite the show of being “serious” players for this guy’s services. I figger they offered a backloaded $70 million contract with $500,000 the first year, $500, 000 the second year, and $17.25 million each of the next four years – but Abreu’s agent doubtless understood the significance of the remaining “69” when he saw it….

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