White Sox prospect Eloy Jimenez

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Report: Jimenez, White Sox Finalizing Long-Term Deal

The contract is for six years and then includes two club options.

March 20, 2019 - 1:50 pm
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(670 The Score) The White Sox are finalizing a long-term contract with star prospect Eloy Jimenez, according to multiple reports Wednesday afternoon.

The deal will be for six years and then include two team options, Passan reported. Those eight years of club control are significant because it means the White Sox bought out what amounts to one year of Jimenez's free agency. The deal is for $43 million over the six years, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported. It can max out around $77 million over the eight years, Passan reported.

Jimenez agreeing to a long-term deal means service time is of no concern to the White Sox, which now paves the way for him to be included on the Opening Day roster with no downside. Without a long-term deal in place, they had planned to keep him in the minor leagues to delay his free agency. Jimenez was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte last week.

Jimenez, 22, hit .337 with 22 homers, 75 RBIs and a .961 OPS in 108 games split between Double-A and Triple-A in 2018. He was acquired from the Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade in July 2017 and has been viewed as a cornerstone piece of the rebuild since that time.

While biding his time to get the big league call-up, Jimenez expressed an understanding of his situation while dreaming big.

"I have a couple of goals like every year," Jimenez said at SoxFest in January. "I want to make sure I swing at pitches in the strike zone. I will stay in the zone more and hopefully hit for average, home runs and RBI.

"My goal is to one day be one of the best players."