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Sox avoid arbitration with Lawrie, Jennings

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox have avoided arbitration with infielder Brett Lawrie and left-handed reliever Dan Jennings, agreeing to one-year contracts with both as announced by the team Thursday night. Lawrie will earn $4.125 million in 2016, while Jennings receives $810,000.

White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia and right-handed reliever Zach Putnam remain arbitration-eligible, with salary arbitration figures set to be exchanged on Friday.

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have avoided arbitration with infielder Brett Lawrie and left-handed reliever Dan Jennings, agreeing to one-year contracts with both as announced by the team Thursday night. Lawrie will earn $4.125 million in 2016, while Jennings receives $810,000.

White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia and right-handed reliever Zach Putnam remain arbitration-eligible, with salary arbitration figures set to be exchanged on Friday.

Lawrie, 25, enters the 2016 season as the White Sox second baseman after being acquired from Oakland in exchange for Minor League pitchers Zack Erwin and J.B. Wendelken. Lawrie hit .260 with 29 doubles, 16 home runs, 60 RBIs and 64 runs scored over 149 games with Oakland, his first season with the club, making 106 starts at third base and 40 at second base. He is a career .263 hitter with 59 homers and 217 RBIs in 494 games over five seasons with Toronto (2011-14) and the A's.

Video: TEX@OAK: Lawrie makes a nice over-the-shoulder catch

Jennings, 28, finished 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA, four holds and 46 strikeouts over 53 relief appearances last season, his first with the White Sox. He produced a 1.39 ERA in 30 second-half appearances, the second-lowest mark in the American League among relievers. Jennings was acquired by the White Sox from the Marlins in exchange for right-hander Andre Rienzo on Dec. 11, 2014.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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