Center fielder Adam Eaton and the White Sox have agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract extension, reports Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com.
The deal also includes a $9.5 million team option for 2020 and a $10.5 million team option for 2021, both of which carry a $1.5 million buyout.
Eaton was acquired from the Diamondbacks in December of 2013 and had a very nice first season for the White Sox, hitting .300 with a .362 on-base percentage and .763 OPS in 123 games as a 25-year-old. He hit just one homer and stole a disappointing 15 bases, but Eaton has previously shown a bit more pop and swiped 40 bases in 133 games at Triple-A.
Strong on-base skills, plus speed, and solid defense in center field make Eaton a very nice long-term building block for Chicago and the White Sox now control him through his age-32 season without having to make a huge upfront commitment.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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