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.
You can watch video of Abreu’s press conference thanks to our friends at CSNChicago.com.
The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.
Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.
The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.