General manager Rick Hahn was quoted in the release: "We are very excited to add a talent like Jose to our roster for the next several years. His skill set should translate very well to our ballpark, and we expect him to be a part of successful White Sox teams throughout his time in Chicago."
The team also gave the official contract deals of Abreu's six year, $68 million contract. He will make $7 million in both 2014 and 2015, $10 million in 2016, $10.5 million in 2017, $11.5 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2019. He also received a $10 million signing bonus. The contract is the largest ever given to an international player, beating out Yasiel Puig's $42 million deal with the Dodgers.
Eight teams made an official offer to Abreu, who was declared a free agent by the MLB. Five of those surpassed the $60 million mark. Along with the White Sox, the Rockies, Red Sox, Rangers and Astros are all known to have made an offer.
Abreu hit .382/.535/.735 with 13 home runs in 42 games during the Cuban Serie Nacional league 2012-13 season. He is the only player to beat out Alfredo Despaigne for a Cuban MVP award in the past four years and the second former Cuban MVP to ever sign in the MLB.