Luis Robert, White Sox Agree To Long-Term Deal

The agreement paves the way for Robert to be on the Opening Day roster.

670 The Score Staff
January 02, 2020 - 12:16 pm

(670 The Score) The road his been paved for star outfield prospect Luis Robert to be on the White Sox's roster on Opening Day.

Robert and the club have agreed on a six-year, $50-million contract with a pair of $20-million team options for 2026 and 2027 as well. Both of those seasons also include $2-million buyouts.

The deal paves the way for the 22-year-old Robert to make the club out of spring training as the extension renders his service time considerations moot.

Many MLB teams wait several weeks into a new season to bring up their best prospects because it prevents them from accruing a full year of service time, which adds an extra year of contract control on the back end. This six-year deal with two club options gives the White Sox one more year of contract control with Robert than they would've had if they'd promoted him in late April or May.

Robert hit .328 with 32 homers, 92 RBIs, 36 stolen bases and a 1.001 OPS in 122 games across three levels in the minor leagues in 2019. He ended the season at Triple-A Charlotte, where he hit .297 with a .974 OPS. 

Robert is the No. 3 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. He projects to be the White Sox's everyday center fielder.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today first reported the deal between Robert and the White Sox had been reached, while Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported the terms.