According to many reports, including Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox are nearing a deal that would pay top prospect Eloy Jimenez $43 million over the next six years with two options that could bring the deal to about $75-77 million.
Jimenez has not played in the big leagues yet. He is a Top 3 prospect in any national ranking.
But the team is taking on a large majority of the risk here.
He could be paid about $2 million through his first three years of service by going year to year. That means he'll be making approximately $41 million over his three arbitration seasons. That's not team-friendly.
Where I think the team gets the value is with the team option years that could be worth another $30 million. If he''s so good that they pick them up,, it likely means he''s probably worth more than the $15 million he would get those two years.
Definitely interesting, and definitely something to monitor for Twins fans.
The Twins have two Top 10 national prospects in Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff. While Scott Boras is the agent for both and likely wouldn't want to do that deal, it is interesting to think about.
Or, from another angle when the Twins had a couple of Top 10 prospects a few years ago, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, what if they would have signed a similar deal?