It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the White Sox, look and even longer since we’ve heard good news for that matter. But the Sox made a big move last week, their first in many offseason adjustments, when they acquired Center Fielder Adam Eaton in a 3-team trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks, sending Pitcher Hector Santiago to the Angels and Outfielder Brandon Jacobs to the Diamondbacks.
So who is Adam Eaton and what does he bring to the South Siders? Eaton is a left-handed top of the order guy with the ability to hit, run and play a strong defensive center field. In the minors he hit .348 and had an OBP of 450; in his short major league career his average is .254 with an OBP of 332. The Sox envision him getting on base and putting pressure on pitchers and defense. He is a definitely a grinder, which is always a hit in Chicago. The “dirtbag” reference is an endearing one, used by Sox GM Rick Hahn when describing Eaton’s ability to get in the dirt and get on base.
Originally from Springfield, OH and a graduate of Miami University, the 25-year old Eaton is small but feisty. At 5’8″ and 185 lbs the guy can pack a lot of punch at the plate despite his size and the Sox are hoping he does just that, bringing a burst of energy to the lineup next season where Eaton could start off as the leadoff hitter.
Eaton spent the last two seasons playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Sox are getting younger and stronger defensively which they desparately needed to do after a disappointing season. Eaton will join the other young core players Outfielder Avisail Garcia and First Baseman Jose Abreu.
Adam Eaton has already endeared himself to south side fans by promising to work hard and do anything and he means anything to get on base ahead of the big guns. He will get hit anywhere on his body, will run out every hit to pressure the defense, he will do anything to win. He is looking forward to being a spark to the team and part of the turn-around from last year. He and his wife Katie are both excited to join the team and the passionate White Sox fans as he has said that he already feels the love from Chicago White Sox fans and organization. You can follow him on twitter @AdamSpankyEaton.
Check out the video below of Eaton describing his everyday approach to the game.
If his game is as good as everything he has to say about joining the south siders the, they are in good shape for the future.
OTHER SOX NEEDS OR POSSIBLE MOVES: The team will listen to offers for Outfielders Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro DeAza and Third Baseman Jeff Keppinger. They are looking to add more pitching or see what other quality players can be acquired through trades or free agency. It is very possible that more moves are to come.
Mark your calendars and get your lady friends together for SOXFEST: January 24-26, 2004 at Palmer House Hilton-weekend pass is $75 to see players such as Paul Konerko, Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Adam Eaton and more. For more information go to White Sox.com