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Avisail prevails in arbitration case with Sox

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White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has prevailed in his arbitration case as first reported by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Garcia will earn $6.7 million in 2018 instead of the $5.85 million offered by the club.

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has prevailed in his arbitration case as first reported by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Garcia will earn $6.7 million in 2018 instead of the $5.85 million offered by the club.

"We went 17 years without having a hearing and then somehow we wind up with two this year," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "The fact of the matter is the system is designed to promote settlement and we prefer to settle as opposed to winding up in a hearing room due to the uncertainty of where those verdicts will come out. For whatever reason, this year we weren't able to, with either [Yolmer Sanchez] or Avi's agent, come to an agreement prior to winding up in a hearing room. That said, I've had conversations with both Avi and Yolmer and know it's going to have zero impact on their performance and even their relationship with us going forward. It's just part of the business."

Last week, a salary-arbitration panel sided with Sanchez in his case. Sanchez will earn $2.35 million in 2018. The White Sox had countered Sanchez's salary request with $2.1 million.

The 26-year-old Garcia broke out last season, slashing .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs and 80 RBIs (all career highs) in 136 games. He also set career bests with 171 hits and 27 doubles.

Garcia has played in each of the past five seasons with the White Sox, batting .278/.330/.422 with 55 homers and 240 RBIs in 492 games over that span.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie.

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