The Chicago White Sox's stealth pursuit of free agent Melky Cabrera paid off when the former Blue Jays outfielder agreed to a three-year deal.
MLB.com confirmed Sunday that the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42 million to $43.5 million, pending a physical.
The move gives the Sox some much-needed on-base percentage from the left-field spot, and another table-setter to join Adam Eaton. They have been in discussions with the Mariners on Dayan Viciedo, who also had pursued Cabrera. The signing suggests Viciedo is all but gone in a trade, whether it's the Mariners or some other AL team.
With Adam La Roche, David Robertson, and Cabrera, the Sox have spent more than $113 million on three key free agents while filling holes at DH, closer, and left field. They also acquired A's starter Jeff Samardzija in a six-player deal. It's the biggest offseason since general manager Rick Hahn took over and indicates they're looking to win now, as manager Robin Ventura reiterated at the winter meetings.