The White Sox and outfielder Adam Engel agreed on a one-year, $1.375 million dollar contract to avoid arbitration.
In 2020, Engel served in a backup/platoon role with the Nomar Mazara, who was non-tendered by the club earlier this offseason. Engel put together one of his best offensive performances yet with a .295 average and 12 RBIs over the 36 games he appeared in last year. Engel has always been a solid defensive option in the field, as evidenced by his Gold Glove finalist status in 2018.
Engel’s most memorable 2020 moment was his sprinting catch to record the final out of Lucas Giolito’s no-hitter.
Going forward, Engel’s role as a fourth outfielder will likely remain the same for the White Sox. He will continue to be an ideal defensive replacement and a pinch-runner option for Tony La Russa. Engel may also see some platoon starts with Adam Eaton, who is making his return to the South Side after four years with the Nationals.