While trade rumors have slowed, the Chicago White Sox agreed to contracts with Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez, Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam, and Jake Petricka to avoid arbitration.

Frazier will be earning $12 million for the 2017 season, after he earned $7.5 million in 2016. In his first season with the White Sox, he hit a career high 40 home runs and drove in a career high 98 runs. While the power numbers are definitely a solid part of Frazier’s game, the Sox would like to see Frazier sport a higher batting average this season. Frazier hit just .225 in 2016 while striking out 163 times. He also hit an abysmal .169 with runners in scoring position. A free agent after the 2017 season, Frazier is a prime candidate to be dealt by the White Sox.

The White Sox and Miguel Gonzalez settled on a $5.9 million deal. After signing a minor-league contract with Chicago on April 3rd, Gonzalez posted a 5-8 record and a 3.73 ERA in 23 starts on the South Side. The right-hander was a solid pick up for the White Sox, and depending on his performance in 2017, could draw interest from opposing teams in search of starting pitching.

The Chicago White Sox also agreed to deals with 3 of their relievers. They gave lefty Dan Jennings $1.4 million after a great 2016 in which he posted a phenomenal 2.08 ERA in 60 2/3 innings pitched. Jennings was one of the best relievers to come out of the Sox bullpen last season. Finally, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka were signed to $1.1 million and $825,000 contracts respectively. Both players had injury-shortened 2016 campaigns. Putnam pitched 27 1/3 innings before his season came to an end because of elbow surgery, and Petricka appeared less than 10 times before his season was cut short with hip surgery.

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