The Chicago White Sox and Adam Eaton have signed a $ 7 million one-year deal that includes a $ 8.5 million club option for 2022, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Eaton is expected to be the everyday real outfield player for the White Sox.
The deal was first reported by NBC Sports Chicago.
The White Sox looked at free-agent outfielders Michael Brantley and Joc Pederson before agreeing to the deal with Eaton.
The 32-year-old Eaton received a $ 1.5 million buyout after the Washington Nationals rejected the option on its $ 10.5 million deal for 2021 post-season.
He fought for the record that season, hitting just 0.226 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.
Eaton fought .320 for the Nats in the 2019 World Series, hitting two homers with six RBIs to help Washington win its first title.
Overall, Eaton hit 0.279 in four seasons for Washington with 26 homers and 112 RBIs after being acquired in a 2016 trade that sent today’s White Sox ace Lucas Giolito to Chicago. The White Sox also acquired right-handers Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning as part of the deal.
The White Sox traded with Dunning on Tuesday to acquire right-handed Lance Lynn from the Texas Rangers.
Eaton spent three seasons with the White Sox before trading to the Nationals, having slashes of .290 / .362 / .422 in 433 games with 29 home runs, 150 RBIs and 47 stolen bases.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.