The Chicago White Sox started Friday with 5 arbitration-eligible gamers.
That quantity is right down to zero after they reached agreements on one-year offers with every participant, together with American League Cy Young Award runner-up Dylan Cease.
Cease and the Sox agreed to a $5.7 million contract. The Sox additionally prevented arbitration with pitchers Lucas Giolito ($10.4 million), Michael Kopech ($2.05 million), Reynaldo López ($3.625 million) and José Ruiz ($925,000).
Cease went 14-8 with a 2.20 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 32 begins in 2022, ending second in Cy Young voting to Justin Verlander. Cease was second within the AL in ERA, strikeouts and opponents’ common (.190) and third in strikeouts per 9 innings (11.1). This was his first time qualifying for arbitration.
“Coming in second (in Cy Young voting) and not being an All-Star says a lot about the season he had and how he finished,” Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz stated throughout a November video convention. “That wasn’t a distraction to him. It did bother him when he didn’t get announced being an All-Star. Getting this (recognition in the voting) is a little bit more rewarding.”
This was Giolito’s third time qualifying for arbitration; he agreed to a $4.15 million deal in 2021 and $7.45 million final season. The right-hander appears to rebound after going 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA — his highest since 2018 — and 177 strikeouts in 30 begins in 2022.
“He has always bounced back,” Katz stated. “And last year was frustrating to him and he’s highly motivated.”
Kopech went 5-9 with a 3.54 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 25 begins, returning to the rotation after spending most of 2021 as a reliever.
Ruiz went 1-0 with a 4.60 ERA in 63 aid appearances. He had 68 strikeouts in 60⅔ innings.
López, who has a historical past of beginning, grew to become a powerful supply out of the bullpen. He went 6-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 61 outings (one begin).
“I think he really loves the role he’s in, being a lockdown guy in the bullpen,” Katz stated. “He really thrived at that.”