Report: White Sox, OF Cabrera agree to 3-year contract

BY foxsports • December 14, 2014

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement on a contract with free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera on Saturday, according to Bruce Levine of Chicago radio station WSCR.

The report says Cabrera's deal will be for three years and about $45 million, pending a physical. This report is supported by the fact that current White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton tweeted a welcoming message to Cabrera, which Cabrera then retweeted.

Cabrera, 30, was arguably the best remaining position player left in the free-agent pool. He played in 139 games last season, hitting .301 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI. It was a bounce-back season for the switch-hitter after back-to-back years in which he had problems off the field.

In 2012, MLB suspended Cabrera for 50 games after he was linked to the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic. In 2013, he had a benign tumor removed from his spine and hit just three homers all year.

Cabrera's signing will end a busy week for the White Sox, who also traded for starter Jeff Samardzija and signed closer David Robertson.

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