The Reds probably can't afford Cuban outfielder Luis Robert
- Author: Joanne Flowers May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 8:59
They've already got Jose Abreu, another Cuban, who will presumably help mentor Robert before and after he reaches the big leagues.
How the signing works: The Robert deal puts the White Sox over the worldwide bonus pool for the 2016-17 signing period and so now the team can sign players for $300,000 or less for the next two signing periods.
The deal is believed to be in the $25 million-to-$30 million-range.
"But I've seen him play, and I've seen some videos of him and he looks like a very good ballplayer, " Abreu said Friday through an interpreter.
Robert certainly fits the mold of what the White Sox are trying to do: Build around a younger core instead of ponying up money for veteran pieces. The 19 year old outfielder is considered to have excellent bat speed and plenty of raw power, although there are questions about his ability to make contact, as well as his pull happy approach.
The Red Sox signed Moncada to a $31.5 million bonus two years and paid an equal luxury tax, then traded him with three other prospects to the White Sox for Chris Sale last December.
"Robert has a strong but extremely lean, athletic frame, standing out for his physicality, athleticism, tools and track record of performance, both against his peers and older competition".
The next window to sign global free agents opens on July 2. Robert has a tendency to chase high fastballs, with even average velocity getting the best of him.