It was just over a year ago when Adam Eaton signed a one-year deal to return to the South Side of Chicago as the White Sox starting right fielder. Eaton, who spent three years in Chicago from 2014-2016 before being traded to the Washington Nationals to help kick off the White Sox rebuild, was back with the team that sent him out of town just as their contention window was opening.
Unfortunately for the 32-year-old outfielder, the start of the 2021 campaign was less than ideal. Eaton struggled mightily at the plate. In 219 plate appearances for the White Sox, the lefty slashed a paltry .201/.298/.344. He found himself designated for assignment by the White Sox in July.
Then, the Angels took a chance on Eaton. His struggles continued on the West Coast and he was ultimately designated for assignment again in August.
With Major League Baseball currently locked out and not many options at the big-league level for Eaton entering 2022, it looks as if he may be in a different role whenever baseball starts again.
It will be interesting to see how this story develops since Eaton is still currently considered a player by MLB and for all intents and purposes is currently "locked out". Per Ken Rosenthal, this may prohibit him from discussing a coaching role with the Angels.
Either way, you have to give the gritty Adam Eaton credit for trying to get a deal done in these trying times. He does have a mortgage to pay after all.