MLB Rumors: Eloy Jimenez and the Chicago White Sox are reportedly close on a long term contract, per multiple reports. Dionisio Soldevila out of the Dominican Republic says it is a 6 year, $42.5 million deal with two team options that could make it worth $75 million over 8 years.
Jimenez, 22, is a righthanded hitting corner outfielder who is a consensus top 5 prospect in all of baseball. The ChiSox acquired Jimenez from the Chicago Cubs in the deal that sent Jose Quintana to the North Side in July, 2017. Jimenez split 2018 between AA and AAA, and was widely seen as major league ready, but there was thought that he would be kept in the minors to start 2019 due to Chicago potentially getting an extra year of service time by delaying his call-up.
Presumably, if they are doing a long-term deal, Jimenez will be up on Opening Day, since there would be no advantage to be gained in keeping him down.