White Sox near $43 million, 6-year deal with prospect Eloy Jimenez

A person familiar with the negotiations said that the Chicago White Sox are nearing a $43 million, six-year contract with highly regarded outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez.

The contract would include team options for 2025 and 2026 that if exercised would make the agreement worth $77.5 million over eight years.

Jimenez’s deal would nearly double the previous high for a player with no major-league service: Scott Kingery’s $24 million, six-year contract with Philadelphia before 2018 season.

Jimenez was a key part of the trade that sent pitcher Jose Quintana to the crosstown Cubs during the 2017 season. Jimenez hit .337 with 22 homers and 75 RBIs at Double-A and Triple-A last season.

Astros, Pressly agree: Right-hander Ryan Pressly and Houston agreed to a $20.4 million, three-year contract, a deal that adds $17.5 million over an additional two seasons.

Pressly, 30, agreed in January to a $2.9 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. The new deal keeps that salary and adds $8.75 million in each of the following two seasons. Houston has a $10 million option for 2022 that would become guaranteed if he pitches in 60 or more games in each of the previous two seasons.

Lowe, Rays agree: Rookie Brandon Lowe, who made his big-league debut in August, agreed to a $24 million, six-year contract with Tampa Bay. The deal includes club options for 2025 and 2026 with escalators that could make the agreement worth $49 million over eight seasons.

The 24-year-old utilityman has just 58 days of major-league service. Last season, from Aug. 15 on, he hit .273 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 37 games.

Mazzilli hospitalized: Yankees guest instructor Lee Mazzilli, an All-Star for the Mets in 1979, was struck in the head by a ball in batting practice and taken to a local hospital. Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said in an email that Mazzilli “will spend the night at the hospital for observation.”

Briefly: Bryce Harper got his first hit of spring training after an 0-for-9 start. Harper lined a 97-mph fastball to center in the fourth inning of Philadelphia’s 3-1 loss to Detroit. He jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep the ball. … Manny Machado hit his first home run — a two-run shot — in San Diego’s 10-7 loss to Milwaukee. … Alex Avila hit two three-run homers in Arizona’s 11-2 win over the White Sox. … Minnesota released first baseman Lucas Duda.

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