In a move that could have easily been inspired by Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman’s penchant for re-acquiring former players, the White Sox re-acquired RF Adam Eaton on a one-year deal for $7 million, with a team option for 2022 at $8.5 million on Tuesday.
This move was necessitated by the failed experiment of having Nomar Mazara in right as he didn’t produce as expected in the shortened 2020 season.
Eaton was originally traded away from the South Side in the deal that brought Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning, who the Sox traded away to acquire Lance Lynn yesterday.
Eaton struggled in 2020 after posting impressive numbers in the 2019 World Series, as he helped the Nationals win their first title in franchise history. He had two dingers and six runs batted in in that Fall Classic in Washington’s seven-game victory over the Houston Astros.
The acquisition brings back a familiar face to the South Side, and yet another player with World Series credentials to the current roster as the Sox look to win it all in 2021. He isn’t a power hitter, but isn’t expected to be one in a lineup with plenty of mashers. He’ll likely hit in either the top two or bottom two spots in the lineup to set the table for Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert.
Speaking of Abreu, he was named the American League Hank Aaron Award winner on Tuesday, adding to an impressive trophy haul from the 2020 season. The Hank Aaron Award will sit on Abreu’s mantle alongside his Silver Slugger award and AL MVP award he also took home this year. He’ll look to add a World Series ring to that collection of accolades in 2021, and Eaton may very well help.