White Sox reportedly land Melky Cabrera, who had been a Royals target

Melky Cabrera
Melky Cabrera The Associated Press

Saturday was not a good day for Royals fans.

First, the Minnesota Twins introduced pitcher Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year contract.

Then shortly before midnight came the news that left fielder Melky Cabrera had agreed to a deal with the Chicago White Sox.

Although the team didn’t make an announcement, White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton seemed to confirm the deal when he tweeted:

“The Melk Man!!! Welcome fella!! ‪@TheMelkman53 ‪#NewTeammates ‪#SouthSide”

ESPN reported that Cabrera agreed to a three-year contract worth $42 million. He is expected to undergo a physical exam in the next few days.

The Royals entered the winter in need of a designated hitter, right fielder and a starting pitcher. Santana was believed to be a player the Royals were interested in, as well as Cabrera.

Last season with Toronto, Cabrera hit .301 with 16 homers and an .808 on-base plus slugging percentage.

With Cabrera off the board, the Royals’ search will continue and it keeps the door open to a return for Nori Aoki.