The KC Royals lost another offseason target, this time to American League Central rival Chicago.
Outfielder Melky Cabrera signed with the White Sox this morning for three years and $42 million. Earlier in the offseason, MLB Trade Rumors predicted he would receive a five year deal worth around $66 million.
The former Royal spent the last two seasons with Toronto, hitting .301 with 35 doubles and 16 home runs in 2014. He also drove in 73 runs and scored 81.
Despite some not-so-great defense, he has hit over .300 in three of his last four seasons. He also tested positive for PEDs in 2012 while playing for San Francisco. That season, he was a National League All-Star and hit .346 before the suspension.
The Royals were looking at bring the Melk Man back to Kansas City to solidify the outfield. Now, they will need to continue looking.
Will they ever find that right field bat with power?
Meanwhile, the White Sox keep stocking up for a 2015 postseason run. Melky is expected to start in left field, making incumbent Dayan Viciedo even more expendable. The White Sox will sacrifice their 3rd round pick in 2015 for signing Melky (he rejected the Blue Jays qualifying offer).