Eloy Jimenez, White Sox finalize $43M, 6-year contract

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Extremely regarded outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $43 million, six-year contract, a deal almost double the quantity of the earlier excessive for a participant below membership management but to make his main league debut.

The settlement introduced Friday consists of crew choices for 2025 and 2026 that if exercised would elevate the whole to $75 million over eight years.

Philadelphia had set the outdated mark final spring when it gave Scott Kingery a $24 million, six-year contract.

Jimenez was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 13. If the 22-year-old is stored within the minor leagues for the primary 20 days of the season, it could push again his free agent eligibility by one yr till after the 2025 season. If both of the contract choices is declined, he could be eligible for both wage arbitration or free company primarily based on whether or not he has six years of main league service at that time.

Jimenez was a key a part of the commerce that despatched pitcher Jose Quintana to the crosstown Cubs throughout the 2017 season. Jimenez hit .337 with 22 homers and 75 RBIs at Double-A and Triple-A final season.

“Eloy is a tremendously gifted younger participant who has impressed us along with his baseball abilities, poise and maturity from the second he joined the White Sox group,” White Sox basic supervisor Rick Hahn mentioned in an announcement. “We view him as an essential member of the core we’re constructing over the approaching years, and so are happy to have reached this long-term settlement to have him in a White Sox uniform for a lot of seasons to come back.”

Jimenez’s deal requires a $5 million signing bonus and salaries of $1 million this yr, $1.5 million in 2020, $three.5 million in 2021, $6.5 million in 2022, $9.5 million in 2023 and $13 million in 2024. Chicago has a $16.5 million choice for 2025 with a $three million buyout, and if that’s exercised the White Sox have an $18.5 million choice for 2026, additionally with a $three million buyout.

“My household and I are very glad and excited to signal this deal,” Jimenez mentioned in an announcement. “It offers us the chance to make sure our future, however extra importantly, to bolster my dedication to the White Sox group.”


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