The Chicago White Sox are bringing back a familiar face for the 2021 season. The team has signed outfielder Adam Eaton, per Chuck Garfien. Eaton is signing a one-year contract worth $7 million, with a second-year team option for $8.5 million. He likely slots in as the team’s right fielder and will hit near the top of the lineup.
Eaton re-joins a White Sox organization that traded him following the 2016 season. In fact, news of the signing comes four years and two days removed from the trade. Eaton had signed a five-year contract extension during 2015 spring training, but the move came as the team worked its way through a rebuilding process.
The move comes after the Nationals declined Eaton’s $10.5 million option for 2021 and paid him a $1.5 million buyout. Eaton struggled to stay healthy during his four seasons with the Nationals. He played in 151 games in 2019, but in the other three seasons he played in 23 games, 95 games, and this past season played in 68 percent of the shortened season before finishing the year on the injured list with a broken finger.
His three years in Chicago were quite productive, with WAR of 5.2, 4.1, and 6.6 before being traded. In four seasons with the Nationals, his cumulative WAR was 2.0. However, he did have a big performance in the 2019 World Series, putting up a slash line of .320/.433/.560 in helping the Nationals claim their first championship.