The White Sox introduced Monday morning that outfielder Adam Eaton has been granted his unconditional launch. He’s now a free agent out there to another workforce for the prorated league minimal.
Eaton, 32, returned to Chicago on a one-year, $7MM contract this previous winter after spending 4 years with the Nationals and successful a World Collection there. He’d struggled via a tricky displaying throughout final summer season’s shortened 60-game schedule, however Eaton was productive in his different three years with the Nats, hitting .288/.377/.425 in 1133 plate appearances from 2017-19. The Eaton reunion wasn’t the large outfield splash for which ChiSox followers have been pining early within the offseason, nevertheless it was an inexpensive sufficient roll of the cube at an reasonably priced value contemplating Eaton’s typically sturdy monitor document.
Issues (clearly) didn’t go in response to plan for both Eaton or the White Sox, nevertheless. Whereas he obtained out to a fantastic begin within the season’s first 15 video games (.268/.379/.482 in 66 plate appearances), Eaton’s manufacturing cratered not lengthy after. From April 20 via the time he was designated for task on July 7, he mustered solely a .173/.262/.286 batting line with a sky-high (by his requirements) 27.4 % strikeout charge; getting into the season, Eaton carried a profession 16.8 % punchout charge and had by no means fanned in additional than 19 % of his plate appearances throughout a single season.
Whereas Eaton’s contract contained an $8.5MM membership possibility for the 2022 marketing campaign (which carries a $1MM buyout), that possibility buyout is now the accountability of the White Sox, together with the remaining $3.1MM on Eaton’s contract. He’ll once more be a free agent at season’s finish. A brand new workforce that indicators him will owe him the prorated league minimal — about $252K from now to season’s finish. That sum could be subtracted from the roughly $4.1MM the Sox nonetheless owe him.
As for the White Sox, they’ll proceed leaning on an outfield combine that at present options Brian Goodwin, Billy Hamilton, Adam Engel, Gavin Sheets, Andrew Vaughn and Leury Garcia. Slugger Eloy Jimenez, nevertheless, can have his minor league rehab task transferred to Triple-A Charlotte tomorrow, in response to the workforce, additional signaling that his return isn’t too far off.
Jimenez started his rehab task with Class-A Superior on Friday and will be on rehab for as much as 30 days — or till the Sox deem him prepared for a giant league return. He’s been out for your complete season up to now after rupturing a pectoral tendon throughout Spring Coaching and present process subsequent surgical procedure. Heart fielder Luis Robert, in the meantime, remains to be anticipated again later this summer season after struggling a Grade 3 pressure of his hip flexor on the finish of April. The Sox might nonetheless pursue outfield upgrades within the 18 days main as much as the commerce deadline, however the optimistic progress of Jimenez can solely make them really feel a bit higher about their inside outlook.