White Sox sign Cuban outfielder
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.