This morning, the Chicago White Sox agreed to terms on 2013 contracts with 25 players. Of these 25 players, 16 were pitchers, three were catchers, two were infielders and four were outfielders. The Major League Baseball minimum salary is $490,000 this year, meaning all players signed by the White Sox today will make at least $490,000 in 2013. Here is the list of players that received contracts today; Dylan Axelrod, Simon Castro, Deunte Heath, Nate Jones, Charlie Leesman, Jhan Marinez, Nestor Molina, Brain Omogrosso, Jose Quintana, Addison Reed, Andre Rienzo, Santos Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Hector Santiago, Leyson Septimo, Donnie Veal, Tyler Flowers, Hector Gimenez, Josh Phegley, Brent Morel, Angel Sanchez, Jordan Danks, Jared Mitchell, Blake Tekotte and Dayan Viciedo.
With these 25 players signing contracts this morning, all members of the Chicago White Sox 40-man roster are now signed for 2013. The biggest contract signed today belonged to left fielder Dayan Viciedo, who received $2.8 million. Other contracts worthy of note include Chris Sale’s and Addison Reeds’s. Sale received $600,000 and Reed was granted $520,000.
Given the importance of Sale and Reed to the Sox pitching staff, the White Sox are greatly under paying them. Also, both were signed to just one-year deals, which is cause for concern. Although the White Sox were able to lock up Sale and Reed for this year, if both perform well in 2013 the Sox will have to dish out a lot of cash to keep them in Chicago. I believe Sale and Reed are the future of the White Sox pitching staff, and they should get paid accordingly following the 2013 campaign.