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White Sox and Lucas Giolito Agree to Contract, Avoid Arbitration

Looking at the final figure of $7.45 million, the White Sox budged closer to Giolito’s initial number after a bumpy exchange.

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With the Chicago White Sox 2022 season opener a week away, the club has agreed to terms with its ace. Lucas Giolito and the Sox agreed to a one-year, $7.45 million deal to avoid arbitration.

During initial negotiations, Giolito said he and the club were $50,000 apart. The big right-hander submitted $7.5 million and the White Sox submitted $7.3 million. Looking at the final figure of $7.45 million, the White Sox budged closer to Giolito’s initial number after a bumpy exchange.

According to general manager Rick Hahn, he and owner Jerry Reinsdorf both spoke with Giolito in person before agreeing on the contract.

Expectations For Lucas Giolito

Now that the Chicago White Sox have shored up the outfield by trading for AJ Pollock, the biggest remaining roster hole is pitching depth. Lucas Giolito and the rest of the starters will need to be able to work late into games to avoid taxing the bullpen.

In 2021, Giolito recorded an 11-9 record, 3.53 ERA, 3.79 FIP, and 10.1 K/9 rate across 178.2 innings. While still respectable figures, he will surely look to return to his dominant 2019 and 2020 form as he strives toward a future payday. Giolito has one arbitration year remaining on his contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Giolito came to the White Sox as the centerpiece of the Adam Eaton trade in 2016. Since then, he has outshone the other pieces of the trade, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. Initially projected as a starter, Lopez spent most of his time in the bullpen last season. Dunning is no longer with the White Sox as the club sent him to Texas in exchange for Lance Lynn last offseason.

Fans have fallen in love with Lucas Giolito and do not want to see him leave the South Side. While the White Sox’s dealings with Giolito this offseason have been embarrassing, signing him to a long-term extension would make that turbulence just a speed bump in the road.

Only time will tell if the big righty remains in Chicago beyond his current contract. But for now, Giolito is locked in at $7.45 million for the 2022 season.

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