The Chicago White Sox made a long term commitment to a player who has not yet played at the MLB level. Their no. 3 prospect Luis Robert follows a continuing trend of signing a long-term deal early, signing a three-year, $50 million dollar contract on Thursday.
Jeff Passan had the report first on twitter.
Outfielder Luis Robert and the Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a six-year, $50 million contract that includes two club options, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
Robert will begin the season in Chicago. No service-time manipulation necessary. Sox are gonna be good.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 2, 2020
Here’s what general manager Rick Hahn had to say about the deal.
“People are understandably focused on what, potentially, this means for our Opening Day roster. I understand the focus on the 2020 season. But it’s really just much more about the long term and having Luis Robert patrolling center field for hopefully at least the next eight years in a White Sox uniform.”
Furthermore, the deal includes club options for 2026 and 2027. Robert – who figures to be somewhat like a Ronald Acuña Jr. in comparable players – had this to say through an interpreter.
“I’m going to do my best to help this team win multiple championships. And I know that we’re going to be able to do that because we have some very good, talented players.”
To me, he looks a little bit like Yasiel Puig in build with some serious speed. Perhaps he’s the next Bo Jackson. But one thing is for sure, Robert is going to be joining the big league fraternity. He will be a centerpiece of the White Sox organization for a very long time.