Avisail Garcia, Yolmer Sanchez not yet under contract

White Sox avoid arbitration with Jose Abreu and three others, but two holdouts are on the rare track toward a hearing

It’s been a while since the White Sox haven’t had everybody under contract by the deadline for exchanging salary figures in arbitration.

The White Sox did sign four arb-eligible players on Friday (compared to their MLB Trade Rumors projections):

  • Jose Abreu: $13M ($17.9M)
  • Luis Avilan: $2.45M  ($2.3M)
  • Carlos Rodon: $2.3M ($2M)
  • Leury Garcia: $1.175M ($1.2M)

Add in Danny Farquhar, who signed for $1.05 million (projection: $1.5 million) back on Dec. 1, and that’s five players under contract for $19.975 million, or nearly $5 million under those projections.

Yet there are two players unaccounted for: Avisail Garcia and Yolmer Sanchez. The former is projected to make $6.7 million in arbitration, and the latter $2.1 million. Bob Nightengale says Garcia is shooting for that figure:

The divide between Sanchez and the club is not yet known.

The sides can still negotiate over the next month, and the Sox’ history says they will. They haven’t gone to arbitration with a player since Keith Foulke back in 2001. Foulke won that hearing, but the bitterness of the dispute never fully dissipated.

At the moment, only the Rangers have gone longer without an arbitration hearing, and they’ve extended that run for another year. The Cardinals owned the longest drought until last year, when they won the battle over Michael Wacha. It’s worth noting that St. Louis also hadn’t reached a deal with Carlos Martinez at this point, only to sign him to a five-year extension the week before they were supposed to take it to court.


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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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Trooper Galactus

I can only assume they’re ironing out the details of Yolmer’s 10-year contract extension. Also, funny that the one guy who fell under his arb projection (though it was admittedly high) is the only one who had a healthy, effective season in 2017.

Trooper Galactus

Misread Leury’s figures, but he was barely below his figure.  Just feels like the White Sox really screwed Abreu out of a couple million bucks, which seems kind of a dick move given how much of a boon he’s been for the org.


I’m surprised he didn’t fight it. Or at least take it past the filing deadline to try to work something out.

Trooper Galactus

It’s his agent’s job to fight it.  Honestly, if his agent demanded $15 million, I don’t know why the White Sox would even try to fight that.


I think that more than anything Abreu’s arb figure tells me he is bought into this rebuild, club, and city.  Wants to be here long term