South Siders officially sign top international prospect with announcement on Saturday. Young Cuban expected to start career in Dominican Summer League.
The Chicago White Sox officially announced the signing of Cuban star Luis Robert, in a press conference on Saturday. The outfielder was inked to a minor league deal that comes with a $26 million signing bonus.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first broke news of a potential deal last Saturday. Other reporters quickly followed, adding the Sox and Robert had an agreement and were likely to sign the Cuban prospect to a deal between $25-$30 million. This came after an intense recruiting process that ended with the Sox and Cardinals being the front runners for the star.
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In a video posted on the team’s Twitter account, the Sox highlighted the Cuban connection the organization has had during its history. The video featured notable players like Minnie Minoso, Alexei Ramirez, Jose Abreu, and highly touted prospect, Yoan Moncada. These same players were also featured on banners at Saturday morning’s press conference.
Following the press conference, Robert was guided around the ballpark by Abreu. The two appeared in the Sox dugout before the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader vs. Detroit. Robert also threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Abreu.
Rick Hahn announced Robert will report back to the Dominican Republic, where he will later join the Sox Dominican Summer League team.