As expected, Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has reportedly agreed to a deal with the White Sox, and it’s a big one. I believe Ken Rosenthal was the first to report a six-year, $68-million contract that will be the largest ever given to an international player with no Major League experience.
There are plenty out there who want the Yankees to be in on every big-name player, but there was never any real indication that Abreu was either a significant target or a good fit for the Yankees. So, he landed in Chicago, where he could be the White Sox immediate replacement for Paul Konerko.
The immediate impact on the Yankees could be what Abreu’s contract means in the greater context of the international market. Ben Badler from Baseball America points out that Masahiro Tanaka is generally seen as a better talent than Abreu, and you have to wonder whether a record deal for Abreu might boost the demands for Tanaka.
Submitting a posting fee would be only the first step toward the Yankees signing the Japanese pitcher. They’d still have to agree to a contract with him.
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