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White Sox sign 4 for '18; Avi, Yolmer unsigned

South Siders haven't gone to arbitration since 2001
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox announced Friday they agreed to terms on one-year contracts with first baseman Jose Abreu ($13 million), infielder Leury Garcia ($1.175 million) and left-handed pitchers Luis Avilan ($2.450 million) and Carlos Rodon ($2.3 million). But they could go to salary arbitration for the first time since 2001.

Outfielder Avisail Garcia and infielder Yolmer Sanchez remain unsigned for 2018 and are eligible for arbitration. Reliever Keith Foulke, who won, was the last arbitration case for the White Sox.

CHICAGO -- The White Sox announced Friday they agreed to terms on one-year contracts with first baseman Jose Abreu ($13 million), infielder Leury Garcia ($1.175 million) and left-handed pitchers Luis Avilan ($2.450 million) and Carlos Rodon ($2.3 million). But they could go to salary arbitration for the first time since 2001.

Outfielder Avisail Garcia and infielder Yolmer Sanchez remain unsigned for 2018 and are eligible for arbitration. Reliever Keith Foulke, who won, was the last arbitration case for the White Sox.

Abreu, who will turn 31 on Jan. 29, hit .304 with 33 home runs, 43 doubles, 102 RBIs, 95 runs scored and a .906 OPS in 2017. The first baseman lead the American League with 343 total bases and became the third player in Major League history to begin his career with four or more consecutive seasons of 25-plus homers and 100-plus RBIs, joining Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio (1936-41) and Albert Pujols (2001-10).

Originally agreeing upon a six-year, $68 million deal when joining the White Sox, Abreu opted into arbitration and out of his guaranteed salaries on Nov. 14, 2016. Abreu earned $10.825 million in avoiding arbitration last season and would have made $10.5 million in '17 and $11.5 million in '18 in his original deal.

Avilan, 28, was acquired from the Dodgers on Jan. 4 as part of a three-team, five-player deal that saw right-hander Joakim Soria also join the White Sox. Avilan notched a 2-3 record and 2.93 ERA in 2017, including 52 strikeouts over 46 innings. He allowed just 18.2 percent of inherited runners to score while limiting first batters to a .196 average and left-handers to a .195 mark.

Leury Garcia, 26, appeared in 87 games last season, batting .270 with 15 doubles, nine homers, 33 RBIs, 41 runs scored and eight stolen bases. He started 74 games in the outfield and two apiece at second base and shortstop.

Rodon, 25, went 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 76 strikeouts over 12 starts and 69 1/3 innings in 2017. He was on the disabled list from April 2 to June 8 with left biceps bursitis and again from Sept. 8 through the remainder of the season with left shoulder inflammation. Rodon underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder (bursitis and debridement) on Sept. 27 with an expected recovery time of six to eight months. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper recently told MLB.com he isn't counting on Rodon for the start of the 2018 season.

Sanchez, 25, set career highs with his .267 average, 12 home runs, eight triples, 59 RBIs and 63 runs scored in 141 games. The switch-hitter played mostly second and third base while making three starts at shortstop.

Avisail Garcia's .330 average was the third highest in the Majors. The first-time All-Star also hit 18 home runs, 80 RBIs and 27 doubles. According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Garcia filed at $6.7 million and the White Sox filed at $5.85 million.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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