Eaton, White Sox agree to $23.5 million, 5-year contract

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Outfielder Adam Eaton and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $23.5 million, five-year contract that includes team options for 2020 and '21.

Eaton hit .300 with 26 doubles, 10 triples, one homer, 35 RBIs, 76 runs and 15 steals last season, his first with the White Sox following a trade from Arizona.

"Adam serves as a catalyst, brings a spark of energy to the ballpark each and every day and helps ignite our offense," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "He provided everything we look for in a leadoff hitter, a center fielder and a competitor after joining us last season."

The deal replaces a $560,000, one-year deal agreed to March 11. The 26-year-old gets $850,000 this year, $2.75 million in 2016, $4 million in 2017, $6 million in 2018 and $8.4 million in 2019.

Chicago has options for $9.5 million in 2020 and $10.5 million in 2021. If either option is declined, Eaton would receive a $1.5 million buyout.

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