CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox reached deals with the rest of their arbitration eligible players this afternoon, avoiding any arbitration hearings. The most notable of the deals reached this afternoon is the one year, $12 million dollar deal for third-baseman Todd Frazier. Frazier is eligible to become a free agent following this season.
Frazier, who turns 31-years-old next month, hit .225 in 2016 with a team-high 40 home runs and 98 RBI. Frazier’s 40 home runs in 2016 were the most ever by a White Sox third-baseman.
The White Sox also agreed to one year deals with bullpen arms Dan Jennings ($1.4 million), Zach Putnam ($1.1 million), and Jake Petricka ($825K). Jennings, 29, recorded a 4-3 record with a 2.08 ERA in 2016, tossing a career-high 64 appearances, nothcing 10 holds and 46 strike outs. Petricka pitched in nine games in 2016 before season-ending hip surgery, and Putnam was also limited last season do to injuries, appearing in only 25 games.
White Sox starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez received a one year, $5.9 million dollar contract on Friday afternoon as well.
Gonzalez, 32, was signed as a free-agent by the White Sox on April 7, 2016 coming over from the Baltimore Orioles to provide the White Sox with help at the back-end of the starting rotation. Gonzalez pitched to a 5-8 record with a 3.73 ERA in 2016. Gonzalez will be a part of the White Sox starting rotation once again in 2017.
White Sox Prospect Camp Notes and Reactions
The Chicago White Sox held a prospect camp at their spring training facility, Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona this past week in a three day event. New White Sox Manager Rick Renteria was on hand with the rest of the White Sox coaching and player development staff, including new White Sox Director of Player Development, Chris Getz.
Immediately the buzz was around White Sox new top prospect Yoan Moncada, acquired in early December at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings in exchange for Chris Sale, and for good reason, Moncada is the top-rated prospect in all of baseball, and the future of the White Sox rebuild.
Moncada impressed immediately earlier this week, keeping the White Sox player development staff excited throughout the three day hitters camp, with coaches raving about his physical ability, his baseball IQ, and his overall demeanor.
White Sox Director of Player Development, Chris Getz had this to say about Moncada;
“He’s got good actions. He’s obviously a switch hitter. He’s got power. He can hit. He’s got a good smile. He seems to be enjoying himself out here, he interacts well with his teammates.
“So far it has been very impressive, and we look forward to seeing more.”
Moncada also received a rave review from Nick Hostelter, White Sox Amateur Scouting Director, who had this to say about the 21-year-old infielder,
“Yoan is a very knowledgeable baseball player who has experience on a multitude of levels, In the brief time we had with him this week, he showed a tremendous ability to drive the ball the opposite way as well as drive balls to the gap and out of the ball park from both sides of the plate. That ability will help him handle and any all situations that Ricky asks him to do at the plate. Defensively his hands and feet are very good and will have no problem there. He’s a bright hard-working kid that is part of a bright future for the organization.”
White Sox coaches were also high on the performance of their tenth overall pick from the 2016 MLB Draft, catcher Zack Collins this week. The White Sox say that they are not yet ready to give up on Collins as a catcher at the major-league level, despite heavy speculation that he will be moved to first base or a corner-outfield position with the White Sox.
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Collins was noticeably improved from a defensive standpoint, and is determined to catch at the major-league level with the White Sox.
The White Sox will get a better look at both Moncada and Collins, as well as other top prospects next month when they report for spring training on February 14 (Pitchers/Catchers) and February 18 (Full-Squad).