White Sox agree to a multi-year contract extension with prospect Luis Robert

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox and outfield prospect Luis Robert have reached agreement on a six-year, $50 million contract extension with two $20 million club options.

UPDATE: Nightengale has the specific details:

Robert, 22, is one of the top prospects in the game. He hit a combined .328/.376/.624 with 32 home runs, 92 RBI, 36 stolen bases, and 108 runs scored in 122 games between High-A Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham, and Triple-A Charlotte. He’s a five-tool guy who projects to be a star.

One has to assume that, by virtue of this deal, the Sox will not go through the motions of saying Robert needs more seasoning in the minors while, in reality, working to manipulate his service time. One can even more safely assume that, if Robert fulfills even a portion of his potential, that he will be a bargain for the White Sox for as many as the next eight years. Such is the leverage a club has over a player at the stage of his career in which Robert currently finds himself.

The business side of this aside, between this and the signings of Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel and the re-signing of José Abreu, the White Sox have had a busy offseason. With those additions, and with the continued maturation of their young core, they will be a pretty popular pick to make a big move up the standings once the 2020 season starts.

MLB and MLBPA announce first set of COVID-19 test results

MLB COVID-19 test results
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On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.

There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.

Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.

Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.