The White Sox avoided salary arbitration Friday, but another important negotiation awaits them after second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza agreed to one-year contracts.
Left fielder Dayan Viciedo isn't eligible for arbitration, but he hit 25 home runs and drove in 78 runs in 2012. The Sox cannot cut more than 20 percent of his $2.5 million salary and he could receive a contract that exceeds the $2.925 million salary Beckham will receive in 2013.
"Excited that arbitration is out of the way," Beckham tweeted after confirming the signing. "I love playing for the @whitesox and can't wait to build on my progress from last year."
Beckham, 26, batted .234 with 16 home runs and 60 RBIs but told the Tribune in November that 2013 "will be telling."
De Aza, 28, stabilized the leadoff position with a .349 on-base percentage in addition to batting .281 with 29 doubles, six triples, nine home runs and 26 stolen bases. He will earn $2.075 million, a considerable leap from his $495,000 salary in 2012.
Sox agree to deals with Beckham, De Aza
Chicago Tribune | Jan 19