The Chicago White Sox avoided arbitration today with two key components of their 2014 roster. Second baseman Gordon Beckham and Alejandro de Aza both inked one-year deals and both got raises. Beckham will make $4.175 million (up from $2.975 million) while De Aza will bank $4.25 million (up from $2.075 million).
Beckham will look to pickup the pace after being an offensive disappoint since being drafted eighth overall in 2008. He hit a respectable .267 last year, but only had 5 homeruns while driving in 24. His career OPS also comes in under .700, but he’s known around the league as a good glove man. In 2013, his fielding percentage was .975, the lowest it has been since his rookie season.
De Aza, on the other hand, appears to be nothing more than a fourth outfielder heading into spring training in a few months. The former starter in center scored 84 runs last season hitting at the top of the order. After acquiring Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks this winter, the most the 29-year-old can hope for these days is a platoon against righties and the occasional pinch-running opportunity. In 2011, De Aza hit .329 in 152 at-bats.
Both deals mean the Pale Hose no longer have any arbitration eligible players remaining on their roster. GM Rick Hahn might look to add a piece or two before Opening Day, but the big moves seem to already be in the books.
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