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The White Sox refuse to give a long-term contract to an outfielder

General Manager Rick Hahn on opening day of SoxFest 2015. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

For as active as MLB free agency has been so far, there are still plenty of big names available, especially in the outfield. However, the White Sox, who are still in the market for an outfielder, have no plans to offer a long-term deal.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the White Sox won’t give a long-term contract to an outfielder, no matter the player.

Unlike the pitching market, there are still a number of difference making outfielders available, even after Jason Heyward signed with the Cubs and Alex Gordon returned to the Royals. Both Yoenis Cespedes and Dexter Fowler remain available, along with other lesser known options.

According to’s calculated market value, Cespedes is worthy of a six-year deal for more than $112 million. That is the same length of a contract that Cespedes asked for in September while playing for the Mets.

The White Sox have made a few big moves already this offseason. They have signed catcher Alex Avila along with trading for Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie.