Update #2 (1:55 AM EST): MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez has confirmed the deal, which is estimated between $42-43.5 million over three years.
Update (12:38 AM EST): Levine says the deal should be in the “$45 million range”.
Bruce Levine of 670 The Score is reporting that the White Sox have signed outfielder Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal, pending a physical. The specific terms of the contract are not yet known.
Cabrera had drawn a significant amount of interest from several teams throughout the off-season, even receiving a three-year offer from the Mariners on Friday. The addition of Cabrera is the latest in what has been a busy off-season for the White Sox. They traded for starter Jeff Samardzija and signed closer David Robertson last week, and signed 1B/DH Adam LaRoche in November.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.