Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton hits a single against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 10, 2013: White Sox trade of centerfielder Adam Eaton
Eaton was a part of a three-team trade that saw him come to the White Sox from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Also in the trade were the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Obtaining Eaton in this trade was a very good move for the White Sox because it gave them a natural in centerfield, plus they finally had an actual leadoff hitter.
Eaton responded by batting .300 in his first season with the White Sox, and it seems like he’ll be on the roster for some time to come.
For the White Sox centerfielder, he’s eligible for arbitration in 2016 but can’t become a free agent until 2019. This past season, Eaton made $511,000, so that is a bargain to have a player of the caliber of Eaton at that price, because he’s worth a lot more than that.
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Eaton made just four errors last season in the outfield in 121 games for a .988 fielding percentage. At the plate, besides batting .300, Eaton led the majors with 10 triples.
What I enjoyed the most about Eaton’s arrival to the White Sox was just the energy he brought to the ball club, which I’ve said on many occasions. I believe he helped keep the team loose when times weren’t so great during parts of last season, a season where the White Sox were fourth in the AL Central.
You do realize with Eaton, he’s only played in 211 MLB games and already has the .300 average in a season? He’s going to be come a very solid player for the White Sox, and in ’15, if he can stay healthy, he will really make his mark with the team next season.