White Sox add Cuban OF Robert in deal that costs team $52M

The Chicago White Sox used a mix of their Cuban club tradition and new-school technology to lure prized prospect Luis Robert.

The money didn’t hurt, either.

Robert was introduced at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday after the $26 million signing of the 19-year-old outfielder became official.

Robert is the latest prospect added to the Chicago system, a process which began in the winter with trades of ace Chris Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton. Chicago is rebuilding after one playoff appearance since 2005 and four straight losing seasons.

“We have been able to accomplish a lot in terms of spreading our (international) pools over the last several years, but now we have a chance to get potentially such an impactful talent,” said Rick Hahn, the White Sox general manager and vice president. “In adding Luis to our organization, we feel like we have added another dynamic, potential impact talent.”

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