Whenever Kenny Williams starts talking about the White Sox payroll, you may as well ignore it.
The Sox didn't need a creative trade to fill the gap in left field. Nope, they went ahead and signed Melky Cabrera to three-year deal per Bruce Levine.
Source tells me Melky Cabrera agrees to three year deal with WhSox pending physical .— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 14, 2014
Cabrera contract should be in $45 million range . Neither agent or team will comment .— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 14, 2014
Levine's pretty far ahead of the game, because nobody else has confirmed it. The only second source is the fact that this Adam Eaton tweet ...
The Melk Man!!! Welcome fella!! @TheMelkman53 #NewTeammates #SouthSide— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) December 14, 2014
... was retweeted by Cabrera himself. But nobody else has rejected the report, either, and Cabrera fills obvious areas of need -- a left fielder, a switch-hitter, and somebody who can hit second. He did that in 112 games for the Blue Jays last year, during which he hit .301/.351/.458.
Update: We have a second source, and a more precise salary:
Source confirms Melky Cabrera agreed to 3-year deal for an estimated $42-43.5M with CWS pending physical. @MLBBruceLevine reported agreement— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) December 14, 2014