CHICAGO -- Four White Sox players filed for salary arbitration Tuesday among the 156 officially on the list.Those four players are righty Zach Putnam, lefty Dan Jennings, infielder Brett Lawrie and outfielder Avisail Garcia. Salary arbitration figures will be exchanged on Friday, with hearings set for Feb. 1-21. The White
CHICAGO -- Four White Sox players filed for salary arbitration Tuesday among the 156 officially on the list.
Those four players are righty Zach Putnam, lefty Dan Jennings, infielder Brett Lawrie and outfielder Avisail Garcia. Salary arbitration figures will be exchanged on Friday, with hearings set for Feb. 1-21. The White Sox have not gone to an arbitration hearing since Keith Foulke's in 2001.
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The White Sox avoided arbitration with Lawrie and Jennings, agreeing to one-year deals with both players Thursday. Lawrie, who turns 26 on Monday, was acquired from the A's during the Winter Meetings in exchange for Minor Leaguer hurlers Zack Erwin and J.B. Wendelken. Lawrie was originally set to take over at third base, but due to the White Sox acquiring Todd Frazier from the Reds, Lawrie now shapes up as the team's starting second baseman. He hit .260 with a career-high 16 homers, 60 RBIs and 29 doubles last season for the A's. Jennings finished with a 3.99 ERA in 53 games in '15.
Garcia, 24, is in his first year of arbitration, as is Putnam, 28. The right-handed-hitting Garcia was at one point a candidate to receive a contract extension, but now his job in right field is less than secure after an uneven 2015 during which he batted .257 with 13 homers, 17 doubles, 59 RBIs and a .675 OPS following an injury-shortened '14 campaign. The White Sox could still add an outfielder, either via trade or free agency, but if Garcia keeps the starting job, the team is hoping for better plate discipline as one of the changes for the young player who completed his first full season as a starter last year.
Putnam posted a 1.98 ERA over 49 games in '14, and he followed that up by tallying 64 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings with a 4.07 ERA over 49 games last season.
MLB Trade Rumors projects Garcia to earn $2.3 million, with Putnam at $800,000.
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