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AP source: White Sox reach $42M deal with Cabrera

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CHICAGO (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $42 million, three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement. The busy White Sox scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to introduce offseason acquisitions Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson, and the team could announce Cabrera’s deal at the same time.

White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton welcomed Cabrera in a tweet on Saturday night, and then Cabrera retweeted the message — signaling a deal was imminent. WSCR-AM 670 was the first to report the agreement.

The 30-year-old Cabrera could slot in quite nicely behind Eaton in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. He hit .301 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs with Toronto last season.

 

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