Sox avoid arbitration with Gordon Beckham, Alejandro De Aza

Sox avoid arbitration with Gordon Beckham, Alejandro De Aza
January 17, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The White Sox are finished with the arbitration process this season.

The White Sox announced the team agreed to deals with second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza on Friday. Beckham will get $4.175 million for the next season, and De Aza will make $4.25 million.

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Beckham and De Aza were the White Sox lone remaining arbitration-eligible players after the club agreed on a deal with outfielder Dayan Viciedo earlier this week.

Beckham will return for his sixth season on the South Side. He batted .267 last season with a .322 on-base percentage, though he appeared in just 103 games while battling a broken bone in his hand. Beckham has posted a .249/.314/.372 slash line over the course of his career.

De Aza's role could be drastically different this season after the Sox acquired Adam Eaton during the offseason, who figures to be the team's everyday center fielder. It's unknown whether De Aza will start in left field, split time with Viciedo in left field or be relegated to a bench role. De Aza hit .264 with a .323 on-base percentage in 153 games last season.