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White Sox Bring Adam Eaton Back to the South Side

The White Sox have reportedly signed outfielder Adam Eaton to a one-year deal.
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According to Chuck Garfien of NBC Sports Chicago, the White Sox have signed outfielder Adam Eaton to a one-year, $7 million deal with a second-year team option for $8.5 million.

Eaton, who spent three seasons with the White Sox from 2014-2016, was traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning during the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings. That move followed the Chris Sale trade in kicking off the White Sox rebuild, and now Eaton's journey comes full circle back to the South Side.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox were also interested in Michael Brantley and Joc Pederson. However, they ultimately elected to bring Eaton back to fill the need for a left-handed batter and a right fielder who is not a defensive liability.

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The 32-year-old outfielder experienced a rough 2020 season in which he posted a .226/.285/.384 slash line, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 75 wRC+, -0.9 bWAR, and -0.5 fWAR. Taking that production into consideration along with his injury history and past clubhouse rifts from his first stint with the White Sox make this a bit of a surprising move.