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.