White Sox avoid arbitration with quartet including Jose Abreu and Carlos Rodon

Vinnie Duber
NBC Sports Chicago
The White Sox will not be taking part in the arbitration process this winter, handing out contracts to all four of their remaining arbitration-eligible players Friday.

White Sox avoid arbitration with quartet including Jose Abreu and Carlos Rodon

The White Sox will not be taking part in the arbitration process this winter, handing out contracts to all four of their remaining arbitration-eligible players Friday.

White Sox avoid arbitration with quartet including Jose Abreu and Carlos Rodon originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com

The White Sox will not be taking part in the arbitration process this winter, handing out contracts to all four of their remaining arbitration-eligible players Friday.

Jose Abreu, Carlos Rodon, Yolmer Sanchez and the recently acquired Alex Colome all agreed to one-year deals.

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Abreu will receive $16 million after the worst statistical season of his big league career. But despite a slide in statistics caused by an uncharacteristic, extended slump in the middle of the season and a pair of freak injuries, Abreu was elected as the American League's starting first baseman in the All-Star Game and won the second Silver Slugger of his career. He remains the team's best hitter heading into the final year of his current contract.

Colome will receive $7.325 million as he begins his tenure on the South Side. Acquired in the trade that sent Omar Narvaez to the Seattle Mariners, Colome will likely return to closing two seasons after he led the majors in saves. He probably would have kept racking up saves last season had he not been dealt from the Tampa Bay Rays in a midseason trade.

Rodon will receive $4.2 million after a bounce-back season of sorts that saw him return from shoulder surgery. For the second straight year, he didn't debut until June, but he showed an ace-like ability at times, with a particularly nasty stretch during July and August, when he owned a 1.84 ERA over the course of nine starts. A rough September, though, ballooned his ERA to 4.18 by season's end. He'll be tasked with completing a healthy season in 2019 after making just 32 combined starts in 2017 and 2018.

Sanchez ($4.625 million) ranked among the major league leaders in triples, one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise challenging year offensively. Only Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Ketel Marte had more triples than Sanchez's 10, a number that led the AL. But he slashed just .242/.306/.372. Still, Sanchez plays a big role in energizing the clubhouse and keeping things light. His versatility on the infield makes things easier for Rick Renteria, too, and should be valuable as the White Sox still aren't sure how their infield alignment will shake out for the 2019 season.

Leury Garcia, who was also eligible for arbitration this offseason, agreed to a one-year deal back at the end of November.

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