White Sox nearing extension with Eloy Jimenez

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The White Sox are closing in on a historic extension with top prospect Eloy Jimenez. Dominican reporter Hector Gomez tweeted the news, with ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan confirming a deal is being finalized. Details are still coming into focus on this potential contract, but all indications are that it will easily set a new bar for early-career extensions. Gomez says the contract will check in at $65M to $70M in total value over eight years, though some of that may well come through options. There are also said to be incentives that could push the value another $10M or so higher. Jimenez is widely regarded as one of the game’s five best prospects, but he has yet to take a single MLB plate appearance. The club recently optioned the 22-year-old back to Triple-A. While his showing in Spring Training wasn’t exactly stirring, it’s hard to say that Jimenez has anything to prove in the upper minors after a monster 2018 showing. In 456 total plate appearances at the Double-A and Triple-A levels, Jimenez turned in a .337/.3

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