White Sox to sign top prospect Eloy Jimenez to eight-year deal

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Multiple reporters are saying that the White Sox are in agreement on a 6-8 year extension with top outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez. The exact details are a tad unclear at the moment, but it looks like a six-year deal for $43 million with two team option years on top of that.

Jimenez is considered to be one of the top 3-4 prospects in all of baseball. He raked in the minors last year, hitting .337/.384/.577 between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. A week ago the Sox optioned him back to Triple-A Charlotte in a move that, given how thin the White Sox’ big league roster is, was perceived my many to be a service time manipulation thing. Arguing against that was the fact that Jimenez had struggled this spring. Either way, it’s rather academic now. Whether he gets some more time in Charlotte to work on things or finds himself in the Sox’ big league outfield in March or April, he’ll be paid the same for it.

Like any of these deals, if Jimenez becomes the star many expect him to be, the White Sox will have successfully used their leverage over the team-controlled player to get a bargain. If he flames out due to injury or simply and unexpectedly fails to become a regular major leaguer, he will have secured his financial future. The tradeoffs are the tradeoffs and they are the product of the rules in play.

Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

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Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

Lou Angelos sued John last year, claiming John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant.

In a Friday court filing in the case, John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on “all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses, asserted therein be dismissed with prejudice in their entirety.”

“The Parties also withdraw and terminate all pending motions submitted in these actions,” the filing said.

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turned 93 last year. According to the suit, he had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.

Lou Angelos accused John of trying to take control of Peter Angelos’ assets and manipulating Georgia Angelos. The lawsuit was one of a handful of off-field issues looming over the Orioles this offseason. The team also has a lease at Camden Yards that expires at the end of the year.