White Sox Sign Cuban Free Agent

Miami-based agent Jaime Torres has confirmed that Cuban free-agent Alexei Ramirez has agreed to a contract with the Chicago White Sox. According to Torres, Ramirez will sign a four-year major league deal, but he would not divulge details of the contract.

A White Sox organization official, contacted Friday evening by Baseball America, declined comment. Several outlets reported the deal was worth $4.75 million, though it was not clear how much was salary and how much was a signing bonus.

Torres said Ramirez, who has played shortstop, third base and the outfield in his career in Cuba, had drawn interest from the White Sox as both an infielder and as an outfielder. ESPNDeportes.com reported Ramirez had individual workout sessions for the Athletics, Cubs, Indians, Mets, Red Sox, Reds and Yankees, as well as group workouts. Ramirez briefly played for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League last month, going 1-for-14 with four strikeouts.

Ramirez played for Cuba’s 2006 World Baseball Classic team as a utility player, then followed up by leading Cuba’s Serie Nacional in home runs in 2006-2007 playing for Pinar Del Rio.

Baseball America will continue to report on this story as events warrant. For more on Ramirez, subscribers can read this Scout’s View.

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