White Sox sign center fielder Adam Eaton to long-term deal worth up to $43.5 million

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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.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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