Eaton agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with the White Sox on Tuesday, Chuck Garfien of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The contract also comes with a team option for a second year at $8.5 million. Eaton, 32, had the best three-year run of his career with the White Sox from 2014 through 2016 before getting traded to the Nationals. He hit .226/.285/.384 and was worth -0.5 fWAR in 41 games last year, but the White Sox are obviously betting on a bounce back. Eaton was worth 2.3 fWAR and slashed .279/.365/.428 with 15 home runs and 15 steals as recently as 2019. He finished this last season on the shelf with a fractured left index finger but that should be healed by now. He should be Chicago's everyday right fielder, but it is unclear where he will slot into the lineup.
The Nationals declined Eaton's (finger) $10.5 million team option for 2021 on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Eaton will still receive $1.5 million as part of a buyout, and the Nationals' decision to decline his option won't preclude the team from potentially re-signing him on a lower-cost deal. Whether he returns to Washington or heads elsewhere, Eaton likely won't be in store for a major payday on the open market after he slashed a meager .226/.285/.384 across 176 plate appearances in 2020 before missing the final two weeks of the season with a fractured left index finger. The finger injury aside, the 31-year-old was at least able to stay relatively healthy the past two seasons after injuries derailed the first half of his tenure with Washington.
Eaton was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left index finger Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Eaton suffered his finger injury on a bunt attempt in the second inning Wednesday, and he should miss the remainder of the regular season as a result. Michael Taylor should see the majority of the playing time in right field to finish the season. Brock Holt was reinstated from the paternity list in a corresponding move.
Eaton left Wednesday's game against the Rays with a bruised finger, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Eaton suffered the injury on a bunt attempt in the second inning, though he didn't exit until the fifth. The Nationals have an off day Thursday, so it's possible he'll be ready to go Friday against the Marlins. The team will assess him Thursday, though with the season slipping away, it may decide to be cautious and give him extra time to heal.
Eaton went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.
Despite a sore back that kept him out of the starting lineup Saturday, Eaton has two of his three steals on the season in the last two days. The veteran outfielder is having a disappointing campaign overall, however, slashing .235/.295/.399 with four homers, 17 RBI and 22 runs in 39 games.
Eaton (back) is starting in right field and batting leadoff Sunday against the Braves.
The 31-year-old was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to back spasms, but it never appears to have been a serious issue as he appeared as a pinch hitter and remained in the game defensively. Eaton is 5-for-14 with one home run, two doubles, five runs, two RBI and one stolen base over his past four games.
Eaton was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Braves due to back spasms, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, as the 31-year-old entered as a pinch hitter and remained in the game defensively, going 1-for-1 with a run, a walk and a stolen base. The Nationals could keep Eaton on the bench again Sunday if they want to take advantage of Monday's scheduled off day for some extra rest for Eaton, but he shouldn't miss much, if any, time beyond that.
Eaton was removed from Saturday's lineup against Atlanta for an undisclosed reason.
Asdrubal Cabrera will enter the lineup at third base while Yadiel Hernandez takes over in right field. It's unclear if Eaton's absence is related to an injury or if he'll miss any additional time.
Eaton went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Braves.
Eaton extended the Nationals' lead to 5-0 with his two-run shot of Robbie Erlin in the second. It marked the outfielder's fourth long ball on the season and his first since Aug 25.
Eaton (knee) is starting in right field and batting second Sunday against Atlanta.
Eaton had missed three games across two days with a jammed knee. The 31-year-old is hitting .220/.277/.370 across 139 plate appearances this season.
Eaton (knee) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against Atlanta.
Eaton jammed his knee Thursday against the Phillies and didn't take part in either half of Friday's doubleheader. The Nationals have yet to announce a timeline for his return. Michael Taylor will be the right fielder in his absence for the third straight game.
Eaton (knee) isn't in the lineup for the second game of Friday's doubleheader against Atlanta.
Eaton won't be in the lineup for either game of Friday's twin bill after jamming his knee while running the bases Thursday. Michael Taylor will start in right field in his place.
Eaton (knee) is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against Atlanta.
Eaton jammed his knee running the bases Thursday and will miss at least one game as a result. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat seventh in the matinee for Washington.
Eaton left Thursday's loss to the Phillies after jamming his knee on first base in the fifth inning, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Eaton was running out a sacrifice bunt when he jammed his knee and was later replaced by Michael Taylor. It is not yet clear if the outfielder will be forced to miss any time beyond Thursday, so for the time being he can be considered day-to-day.
Eaton is leading off and starting in right field Thursday against the Phillies.
The Nationals are switching up the lineup a little in hopes of getting a runner on base ahead of Trea Turner and Juan Soto. Eaton had been locked into the No. 2 spot in the order until Aug. 28, when he was dropped down to the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, where he has been hitting over the last week.
Eaton went 2-for-4 with two doubles in Monday's loss to the Phillies.
Unfortunately for the Nats, the four batters around him in the order went a combined 1-for-16, so Eaton's two-baggers went to waste. The veteran outfielder is showing faint signs of life at the plate -- over his last nine games, Eaton's gone 10-for-39 (.256) with six extra-base hits (three doubles, a triple and two homers) -- but his .237/.291/.398 slash line on the year remains well below expectations.
Eaton went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Monday's loss to Miami.
Eaton singled home a run in the fifth inning, and he cut his team's deficit in half with a three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth. Through 23 contests this season, he's hitting .239 with eight extra-base hits, 12 RBI and a stolen base.
Eaton isn't in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
Eaton went just 2-for-12 with two runs and one RBI over the past three games, and he'll take a breather for the team's first game Saturday. Michael Taylor will start in right field, batting ninth.
Eaton is not in Sunday's lineup against the Orioles.
He has hit safely in four straight games, batting .353 with four runs and two RBI over that stretch. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat eighth.
Eaton sits for the first time this season Monday against the Mets.
Eaton hits the bench against southpaw Steven Matz, but there's no indication that he'll regularly sit against lefties going forward. Josh Harrison will be the right fielder in his absence.
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