White Sox Still Interested in Castellanos; Looking to Extend Prospect Luis Robert
The White Sox have been staying busy this holiday season, and locking up their future outfield seems to be the next step.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the White Sox remain interested in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos.
The White Sox have had interest in Nicholas Castellanos all winter, and with some money available to spend, it looks like the White Sox are still interested in adding the free agent. Adding Castellanos’ bat to this already threatening lineup, along with adding flexibility around Nomar Mazara’s playing time, would be ideal heading into next season. An addition like this would wrap up an A+ offseason and make the White Sox a real threat to win the AL Central.
Also, James Fox of FutureSox.com and SouthSideHitPen.com, reports the White Sox have opened extension talks with their number one prospect, Luis Robert.
Last year, the White Sox signed then number one prospect in the organization, Eloy Jimenez, to a 6-year, $43 million dollar deal, with options and incentives that could make it an 8-year, $75 million dollar deal. Like last year, extending Robert would guarantee he starts his major league career on opening day, just like Jimenez did last year. This extension though, has seemed less likely because of the $26 million dollar bonus Robert received from the White Sox when he was signed. If he is not signed, the White Sox would likely wait to bring him up until the end of May to ensure another year of control. Hopefully an extension can be done, because having Robert in the opening day lineup would be spectacular.
If both of these moves come to fruition, the White Sox would have a powerful outfield that would be locked in for at least the next four seasons. It’s a really fun time on the South Side right now, and April cannot come soon enough.
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