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The future for the Chicago White Sox may have arrived. 

The team is on the verge of signing top prospect Eloy Jimenez to a six-year, $43 million contract, a person with direct knowledge of the contract negotiations told USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been finalized.

The deal also includes two team option years that could push the total value of the deal  to $77.5 million.

Jimenez, 22, was acquired at the 2017 trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs for left-hander Jose Quintana and quickly blossomed into one of the top players in the minor leagues. 

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Ranked No. 3 on USA TODAY Sports’ list of 100 Names to Know for 2019, Jimenez hit a combined .337/.384/.577 at Class AA and AAA last season with 22 home runs and 75 RBI in 108 games. 

The long-term contract greatly increases the possibility Jimenez will be on the White Sox’s opening-day roster because his MLB service time will no longer be an issue.

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