The White Sox have signed outfielder Adam Eaton to a five-year, $23.5 million contract extension, as reported by Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. According to a major-league source, the deal includes two club options that are worth $9.5 million in 2020 and $10.5 million in 2021 and includes a $1.5 million buyout if one of the options is declined. In total, Eaton's deal could reach $43.5 million over seven seasons, and will keep him under team control through 2021. Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune has the full breakdown of the deal:
Adam Eaton will receive $850,000 in '15, $2.75 mil. in '16, $4 mil. in '17, $6 mil. in '18 and $8.4 mil. in '19.— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) March 20, 2015
Eaton, 26, was slated to become a free agent after the 2018 season, but his new deal ensures that the White Sox will have three seasons of additional control. The outfielder, who was originally acquired in a three-team deal that send Mark Trumbo to Arizona, hit .300/.362/.401 with 35 RBI in his first season on the South Side of Chicago, playing solid defense in center field for the White Sox and looking like a long-term piece for the club.
In 211 games over three-major league seasons, Eaton is the owner of a career .281/.350/.390 hitter with six home runs and 62 RBI. He is expected to be part of a young White Sox' core that also includes Jose Abreu, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, and potentially, top draft pick Carlos Rodon.