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Cuban defector Abreu join White Sox on 6-year deal

Sat., Oct. 19, 2013

Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced and was pending a physical. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Abreu could play first base or serve as the designated hitter. The 26-year-old batted .360 (9 for 25) with three home runs and nine RBIs at the World Baseball Classic last spring, and he defected over the summer. Abreu joins a team that went 63-99 after finishing second in the A.L. Central. The White Sox believe they can turn things around quickly because of their pitching, but defense and hitting were huge problems for them this past season. – Associated Press

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