The Chicago White Sox and general manager Rick Hahn continued to impress with their offseason moves last night by signing outfielder Melky Cabrera.
The agreement between Melky and the White Sox was first reported by a Chicago sports talk radio station, WSCR 670-AM.
Not long after that annoucement Cabrera’s new teammate from the South Side centefielder Adam Eaton tweeted, confirming the good news,
— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) December 14, 2014
The details of the deal have not been released to the public but it is believed to be, pending a physical, somewhere along the lines of three years $42-45 million.
The team’s signing of the free agent leftfielder was a surprise and stealthy move by the White Sox as Cabrera was believed to be close to a deal with the Seattle Mariners.
There had also been speculation about about a reunion with the San Francisco Giants for whom he made is first and only All-Star appearance in 2012. That year he was also tied to and suspended for PED use.
Cabrera may have an interesting and somehat sordid history but he will be a significant upgrade for the White Sox in left field. The switch-hitter finished last season batting .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI.
After making some big moves and filling significant holes just prior to and at the winter meetings the White Sox were not expected to make any other big signings.
So far this offseason they’ve spent over $113 million signing key free agents Cabrera, reliever David Robertson and first baseman/designated hitter Adam LaRoche. They have added to their starting pitching by trading for right-hander Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland A’s.
It is by far Hahn’s biggest offseason since taking over as GM and the team is obviously looking to win and to win now. They do appear poised to do just that in 2015.