New infielder Brett Lawrie is one of four White Sox players who filed for arbitration on Tuesday.
Lawrie, who was acquired from the Oakland A’s last month for two minor-leaguers, could earn up to $3.9 million this season, according to Mlbtraderumors.com. Players and teams will exchange arbitration figures on Friday.
Zach Putnam, Avisail Garcia and Dan Jennings also filed for arbitration on Tuesday.
Garcia -- who hit .257/.309/.365 with 13 homers and 59 RBIs in 601 plate appearances -- is projected to earn $2.3 million. Putnam, who had 64 strikeouts and a 4.07 ERA in 48 2/3 innings -- could fetch $800,000 while Jennings’ estimation is for $700,000. Jennings finished with 3.99 ERA in 56 1/3 innings, but only allowed five earned runs in his final 33 1/3 frames (1.35 ERA).
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Under team control for the next two seasons, Lawrie hit .260/.299/.407 with 16 homers and 60 RBIs in 602 plate appearances for Oakland last season. The White Sox acquired him during the Winter Meetings and intend to start him at second base after they acquired Todd Frazier later in the month.
Reliever Nate Jones avoided arbitration when he signed a three-year, $8 million contract last month, a deal that includes three option years. The White Sox also signed pitcher Jacob Turner to a one-year deal for $1.5 million after they claimed him off waivers.
Rather than head to arbitration, the White Sox chose not to offer Tyler Flowers a contract, making him a free agent. He signed with the Atlanta Braves last month.
The payroll for the White Sox 25-man roster would sit in the neighborhood of $115 million if each arbitration-eligible player were to meet their projections.
White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.
A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.
The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.
This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.
Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.
Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.
Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.
Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.