White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia won his arbitration case against the White Sox, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Garcia will earn the $6.7 million salary for which he filed in his third of four years of eligibility. The White Sox had countered at $5.85 million.
Garcia, 26, broke out last season, batting .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs, 80 RBI, and 75 runs scored in 561 plate appearances. He was nominated to the AL All-Star team for the first time as well.
Garcia will reprise his role in right field for the White Sox this coming season.
The players are now 8-6 this offseason in arbitration against their teams. Arbitration hearings have typically resulted in teams winning. Along with Garcia, players who have won their cases this offseason include Mookie Betts, Adeiny Hechavarria, Shelby Miller, Ken Giles, Justin Bour, Yolmer Sanchez, and Zack Wheeler. Roberto Osuna, Eugenio Suarez, J.T. Realmuto, Kendall Graveman, Justin Grimm, and Michael Foltynewicz have lost their cases.
The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.
Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.
Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.