White Sox sign Cuban out­fielder

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO >> The White Sox have taken an­other ma­jor step in boost­ing their farm sys­tem by adding Cuban out­fielder Luis Robert.

The Sox reached a deal with the 19-year-old am­a­teur free agent Satur­day, the first day he was el­i­gi­ble to sign af­ter months of wait­ing and work­ing out for teams in show­cases and pri­vate ses­sions. The club did not con­firm the news Satur­day af­ter­noon. Ya­hoo Sports’ Jeff Pas­san re­ported that the Sox would pay Robert a sign­ing bonus of just more than $25 mil­lion, and the to­tal cost to the Sox with over­age taxes would be more than $45 mil­lion.

The Sox also won’t be able to sign an in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur player for over $300,000 for the next two years if they sign Robert, a penalty for go­ing over their al­lot­ted pool.

Scout­ing re­ports grade Robert, a right-handed hit­ter, high for speed and power.

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