White Sox avoid arbitration with López, Engel


The White Sox avoided arbitration hearings with right-hander Reynaldo López and outfielder Adam Engel, the club announced Tuesday.

The Sox agreed to terms on one-year contracts with López ($2.625 million) and Engel ($2 million).

Starter Lucas Giolito appears to be headed for an arbitration hearing with numbers expected to be filed Tuesday night.

Tuesday was the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures for the upcoming season. By settling with López and Engel, the White Sox avoided going to hearings the two players.

In recent offseasons, the exchange deadline has landed in January. If teams and arbitration-eligible players don't reach an agreement by then, they each submit figures for a February hearing with a panel of arbitrators.

Hearings will take place during the regular season this year due to MLB's 99-day lockout.

López, who made $2.1 million in 2021, went 4-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 games (nine starts).

Engel made $1.375 million last season. In 39 games, he batted .252/.336/.496, missing time due to injury.

López, Engel and Giolito are under club control through 2023.

Contributing: Gordon Wittenmyer

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