Adams, Hector and Bruce Rondon among 26 new free agents
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta first baseman Matt Adams, former Chicago Cubs closer Hector Rondon and Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon were among 26 players who became free agents Friday night when their teams failed to offer them 2018 contracts.
Nineteen of the players set free would have been eligible for salary arbitration had they been offered deals by the 8 p.m. EST deadline.
Geovany Soto’s $3 million option declined by White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — Geovany Soto's $3 million option was declined by the Chicago White Sox, making the catcher eligible for free agency.
The NL Rookie of the Year with the Cubs in 2008, he agreed to a minor league contract with the White Sox in January that called for a $2 million salary in the major leagues. The 34-year-old Soto missed most of last season because of a right elbow injury that required surgery and batted .190 in 13 games. He will get a $250,000 buyout.
White Sox activate Rodon from DL
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have activated left-hander Carlos Rodon in time for Wednesday's start against the New York Yankees.
Penciled in as the No. 2 starter behind Jose Quintana, Rodon has been sidelined all season because of bursitis in his left biceps.
White Sox place Putnam on DL, recall Beck from Charlotte
CHICAGO (AP) — Right-hander Zach Putnam has been placed on the 10-day disabled list by the Chicago White Sox because of inflammation in his pitching elbow.
The 29-year-old Putnam has a 1.04 ERA in seven relief appearances, striking out nine in 8 2/3 innings while allowing two hits and one walk. The move was retroactive to Sunday.
Frazier agrees to $12 million, 1-year deal with White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — Third baseman Todd Frazier has agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract with the White Sox after a mixed first season in Chicago.
The deal Friday, which avoided salary arbitration, gives Frazier a substantial raise from the $7.5 million he earned last year. He is eligible for free agency after this season.
Jennings ($1.4M), Petricka ($825,00) agree with White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — Relief pitcher Dan Jennings agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, and right-hander Jake Petricka struck an $825,000, one-year deal.
The agreements Thursday avoided salary arbitration.
Jennings made a career-high 64 appearances last season in his second season with the White Sox, going 4-3 with a 2.08 ERA. His 46 strikeouts matched a personal best set in 2015. Eligible for arbitration for the first time last year, he made $810,000.