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MLB notebook: Report: White Sox agree to terms with Cuban slugger

| Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 7:45 p.m.

A person familiar with the situation said Friday that Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. Several outlets had earlier reported the agreement.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Abreu could play first base or serve as the designated hitter. He batted .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs at the World Baseball Classic last spring, and he defected over the summer.

Abreu joins a team that went 63-99 after finishing second in the AL Central. The White Sox batted .249 with just 148 homers, down from 211 the previous year.

With Adam Dunn and Abreu in the mix, there might not be room for Paul Konerko.

A's pitcher has surgery

Oakland Athletics rookie right-hander Sonny Gray has undergone surgery on his left thumb.

The procedure Thursday was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital. Gray had a screw inserted to repair a fracture, which Gray suffered on a comebacker from Detroit's Prince Fielder in Oakland's Game 5 Division Series loss on Oct. 10.

Hurler suspended

Tampa Bay pitcher Taylor Guerrieri has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season following a second positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league drug program.

The right-hander, who turns 21 on Dec. 1, was 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA for Bowling Green of the Class A Midwest League.

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