This morning, the Chicago Cubs signed Joc Pederson to a one-year, $7 million deal. This irked some White Sox fans because the South Siders settled for Adam Eaton on an identical deal back in early December.
White Sox fans are used to management handcuffing spending in the offseason, and many thought Pederson would have been an attainable option to fill the hole in right field.
Here’s where the story gets even more interesting. This afternoon, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reported that Pederson received a one-year, $10 million contract offer from the White Sox in December, but he turned it down. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Pederson asked for more money and was denied. The White Sox then shifted their focus to Eaton.
Per James Fegan of The Athletic, the White Sox believe Eaton brings better defense and a more versatile skill set that will better complement their lineup. And in December, Pederson wasn’t available for the price tag he eventually signed for with the Cubs. Add in Eaton’s willingness to agree to a club option, and that sealed the deal for the South Siders.
Pederson would have been a nice fit for the White Sox in right field. Last season, he hit .143 BA and a .681 OPS but heated up in the postseason and posted a .382 BA with three home runs and .991 OPS in 37 plate appearances. He’s also just one year removed from a 36-home run season.
Pederson’s deal with the Cubs is a one-year pact, so there’s still the possibility of the former Dodger donning a White Sox uniform in the future.