Melky Cabrera (Left fielder) Three-year, $42 million.
Just when most fans thought the offseason was slowing down, the front office did it again. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf broke out the pocket-book one last time for Cabrera. Hahn later stated that the increased season ticket sales enabled them to make one more big signing.
Cabrera is exactly what this team needed, who is also someone who will be a large upgrade over former left fielder Dayan Viciedo. With 16 home runs and a slashline of (.301/.351/.458), the “Melk-man” provides a legitimate number two hitter and an upgrade in each category minus overall power.
Three years is a fair contract length for the 30-year-old and I have little doubt that Hahn won’t get his money’s worth out of Cabrera.
Summary: The White Sox front office surprised most of the league and opened up the checkbook to go out and put themselves in a position to compete now in a weaker AL Central. The team still has holes remaining at third base, second base, catcher and the back-end of the rotation, but overall, this roster looks like a potential contender.
Top ranked prospects Carlos Rodon and Micah Johnson both have good chances to break camp on the 25 man roster but will need to impress to do so.
Hahn says he does not expect any roster changes before the start of spring training but don’t rule out any mid-season moves if this team is in the thick of the playoff race.
Overall Grade: B+