White Sox place huge bet on Abreu

Jose Abreu's deal with the White Sox is the biggest contract ever for an international free agent. AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

DETROIT -- When the Dodgers signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract, there were lot of evaluators who thought the deal was reckless, at the very least, and maybe a little insane. And now every team would love to have him at that rate.

There was similar sentiment in the sport when Oakland signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $38 million contract, and in two years with the Athletics, Cespedes has established himself as one of the better right-handed power hitters in the majors. So it’s always possible that the White Sox will be proved correct for their $68 million investment in Jose Abreu, a 26-year-old first base/DH type who defected from Cuba this summer.

But to put the Abreu signing into perspective: His contract is a bigger deal than any signed by Paul Konerko or Adam Dunn or Albert Belle or John Danks or Mark Buerhle or any other White Sox player in club history.