White Sox keep busy offseason going with Adam Eaton signing

One day after acquiring All-Star pitcher Lance Lynn, the Chicago White Sox continued making moves to add to their 2019 American League playoff squad.

The White Sox are bringing back outfielder Adam Eaton on a one-year deal worth $7 million with a team option for 2022, pending a physical, as first reported Tuesday by NBC Sports Chicago.

Adam Eaton
Adam Eaton
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Eaton played three seasons for Chicago before he was dealt to the Washington Nationals for pitchers Lucas Giolito, Dane Dunning and Reynaldo Lopez in 2017.

Giolito posted a 3.48 ERA and hurled a no-hitter for the AL Central-winning White Sox last season. Dunning was one of two prospects traded Monday to the Texas Rangers for Lynn, who has finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in AL Cy Young voting over the past two seasons.

The 32-year-old Eaton appeared in only 118 games over his first two seasons in Washington due to injuries, but he was a key figure on their 2019 World Series championship team with 15 homers, 103 runs scored and a .792 OPS in 151 games. He is expected to start in right field for the White Sox in 2021 under recently hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa.