As the Sox were finalizing their crop of International Free Agents (which Fork wrote up for both sides of town here), they also took care of a couple of their own and avoiding arbitration with two of their starters in ace Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez.
In doing so, the Sox avoided arbitration with all of their eligible players.
Giolito signed for one year at $4.15 million, which is up from the $3.25 million he was projected to get in 2021. He enters 2021 coming off two straight top-7 finishes in AL Cy Young Award voting and with a no-hitter under his belt.
Lopez has regressed each of the last two years, as he posted a 6.49 ERA in 2020, but he was still relied upon to eat up innings, and could factor into the back end of the rotation in 2021, or perhaps transition into the bullpen as a long reliever if Michael Kopech and/or Dylan Cease prove reliable starters.
The Sox also had previously agreed to deals with other arbitration-eligible players, including RHP Evan Marshall, LHP Jace Fry and OF Adam Engel.
While it’s already been an impressive offseason for GM Rick Hahn, he may not be done. There’s still an opening at DH and if the playoff series in Oakland proved anything, it’s that you can’t have enough starting pitching. We may not have heard the last from the Sox this winter.