REPORT: White Sox Signing Eloy Jimenez to a Huge Extension Before He Even Reaches MLB (UPDATE)

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REPORT: White Sox Signing Eloy Jimenez to a Huge Extension Before He Even Reaches MLB (UPDATE)

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We’ve seen this kind of deal before (Jonathan Singleton and the Astros, Scott Kingery and the Phillies), but they were much, much smaller, and the first one actually didn’t work out for the team. This, by contrast, feels like it could be extremely significant in the coming years of change in the league.

Superstar (former Cubs) prospect Eloy Jimenez is about to get paid before he even steps foot in the big leagues:

We’ll see what the final contract looks like before we break it down, but the short version is that the White Sox already had seven years of team control in what amounted to seven straight options years. If Eloy busted at any point, they could cut bait, and they’d have spent only for what they received (essentially). Now, they’re going to guarantee him a significant chunk of change in exchange for one extra year of team control, and the ability to start the regular season with him on the big league roster and not have to do the service time games thing.

This is going to be an extremely rare deal, on which the White Sox are betting big that Jimenez will be a star in a few years, set to make huge, huge bucks in arbitration. By locking in his rate now, they could save a hundred million dollars over the life of this contract.

Or, they could guarantee Jimenez $40+ million and he’s a total bust.

Given just how good that bat is, I highly doubt he’s a total bust, though. Good for Eloy for locking in money just in case.

In any case, this is kinda fun, and it’s not something we’ve seen the Cubs seriously entertain. I’m fascinated to see how this plays out, and how Jimenez does in the big leagues. And I’ll promise to cry only periodically, thinking about how he was first with the Cubs.

UPDATE: Here’s the guarantee:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.