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Adam Eaton will be a fixture at the top of the order for some time.
Acquired in a three-team trade with Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels, Adam Eaton is a fantastic get for the White Sox.
He is young, hits left-handed and has tremendous speed. Yes, his range is suspect, and he does not have the strongest arm, but his potential at the plate and on the basepaths is very intriguing.
In the minor leagues, Eaton has a career .450 on-base percentage, 106 stolen bases and 281 runs scored in 345 games. At the major league level, he has only hit .254 but has scored 59 runs in only 88 games.
Getting another center fielder had to be on Hahn’s list of things that needed to be accomplished. First off, Alejandro De Aza is running out of arbitration years and is clearly not part of the team’s future. If he was, Hahn would have already signed him to a multi-year contract.
Furthermore, De Aza cost the White Sox more games than he won. Not only did he finish the season with a -0.3 WAR, but he also made a maddening amount of mental mistakes in the field. Missing cutoff men and throwing to the wrong base are not plays that end up on a stat sheet, but they are plays that prevent your team from winning.
Sure, Eaton could end up failing in every way. That is, after all, the recent track record for White Sox free-agent signings (think Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn), but it’s highly unlikely. He was brought in to get on base and be smart about it, which is not an unrealistic expectation.