CHICAGO — Luis Robert is locked in with the Chicago White Sox — for the next six years at least, and possibly for the Opening Day lineup, too.
The White Sox and their prized young outfielder agreed Thursday to a $50 million, six-year contract, clearing the way for Robert to start the season in the majors.
The deal, which includes club options for 2026 and 2027, removes the incentive for the White Sox to keep the 22-year-old Cuban off their Opening Day roster to limit his service time and delay his eventual free agency.
“People are understandably focused on what, potentially, this means for our Opening Day roster,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “I understand the focus on the 2020 season. But it’s really just much more about the long term and having Luis Robert patrolling center field for hopefully at least the next eight years in a White Sox uniform.”
Robert said through an interpreter he is “100 percent convinced” he will start the season in the majors and is relieved he won’t have to worry about beginning the year in the minors.
“I’m going to do my best to help this team win multiple championships,” he said. “And I know that we’re going to be able to do that because we…