White Sox avoid arbitration with Beckham, De Aza
BY DARYl VAN SCHOUWEN January 17, 2014 12:44PM
Updated: January 17, 2014 12:53PM
The White Sox avoided arbitration with second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza Friday. Beckham agreed on a one-year deal for $4.175 million. De Aza agreed to $4.25 million.
Beckham, 27, was limited to 103 games last season, when he batted .267 with a .322 on-base percentage (his best since .270 and .347 as a rookie in 2009).
Teams had until noon today to agree to terms before exchanging arbitration figures.
De Aza was one of the Sox’ most productive players in a bad offensive season for the team, establishing career highs in hits (160), homers (17), RBI (62) and runs (84). He is expected to be replaced in the leadoff spot and in center field by Adam Eaton, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade that sent left-hander Hector Santiago to the Angels.
The Sox expect Eaton to be an upgrade defensively and as a baserunner as well. Barring a trade of De Aza or left fielder Dayan Viciedo, De Aza likely shifts to left to platoon with Viciedo and spell Eaton in center or Avisail Garcia in right.
De Aza’s salary in 2013 was $2.075 million. He will turn 30 on April 11.