White Sox finalizing long-term deal with Eloy Jimenez: Reports

SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 01: Eloy Jimenez #74 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Texas Rangers on March 1, 2019 at Billy Parker Field at Surprise Stadium in Surprise Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox couldn’t get a major deal done with either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper this offseason, but they managed to lock up one of their own for the long term.

Per multiple reports on Wednesday, the team is nearing a contract extension for Eloy Jimenez, who was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 3 prospect in Major League Baseball.

Dominican Republic journalist Hector Gomez and ESPN’s Jeff Passan were the first to report the deal.

Passan and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report the deal will be for six years for $43 million with a possible maximum salary of $77 million.

The White Sox have yet to confirm the extension.

Acquired from the Cubs in the 2017 trade that sent Jose Quintana to the North Side, Jimenez has shot up the White Sox farm system with his prowess at the plate. He hit .353 in Class A Winston-Salem after the trade, then hit .345 in Birmingham to finish off the 2017 season.

In 2018 he was even better, hitting .317 with 10 homers and 42 RBI in 53 games before getting the call-up to Triple-A. In Charlotte, Jimenez hit .355 with 12 homers and 33 RBI as many called for him to be called up by the major league team. But with service time, the White Sox chose to keep him with the Knights for the rest of the season.

Since service time doesn’t apply with the new contract, there is a good chance that Jimenez will start the 2019 season with the White Sox, likely starting in their outfield.

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