It's a huge get for the White Sox, as the 19-year-old outfielder is considered to be an elite-level talent. May. Despite his intriguing skill set, Robert is likely a couple of years away from making an impact at the major league level.
As Jeff Passan of Yahoo wrote earlier this week, Robert will be the last major Cuban player to sign under this collective bargaining agreement-meaning that he's the last to be able to sign for big money, as global players will soon be subjected to harsher spending caps that will make a contract like this impossible. Ken Rosenthal reported the deal was close, and worth more than $25 million, and Jon Heyman confirmed the deal's doneness, saying the deal could be worth as much as much as $30 million.
On the day that Cuban outfielder Luis Robert was eligible to be signed, the Chicago White Sox made their move. Comments from Reds' GM Dick Williams suggest that Robert could command a price far above what the club is able to pay. Alongside Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani - who's expected to be posted to Major League Baseball in 2018 - Robert was considered one of the two top global players available in the foreseeable future.
Scouting Report: "At 6-foot-3, Robert has a strong but extremely lean, athletic frame, standing out for his physicality, athleticism, tools and track record of performance, both against his peers and older competition", writes Ben Badler of Baseball America.