Adam Eaton admits it, the trade that sent him to the White Sox came as a surprise.
But the ensuing conversation in December with White Sox general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura left Eaton enthusiastic about his new team.
The outfielder discussed the deal — a three-team trade that brought him from Arizona in exchange for Hector Santiago — Thursday afternoon on MLB Network’s "Hot Stove."
"The way (Hahn) speaks, it kind of sends shockwaves through you," Eaton said. "It really gets you excited. He threw a few cuss words at me, like how they described me as a player, and it got me fired me up. ... And then Ventura got on the phone, and he kind of calmed everything down. He started talking to me, 'Yeah, it’s going to be a big year.' I kind of got both extremes, and I’m excited to play for both of those guys."