DeJong, the ‘big shortstop’ who fell flat, signs one-year, $1.75 million deal with White Sox

DeJong joins the White Sox on a ‘minor league’ deal.

The Chicago White Sox signed Paul DeJongh on Nov. 28, according to John Heyman of the New York Post.

DeJong agreed to terms with the White Sox on Nov. 22 as a free agent. A former key player for the St. Louis Cardinals, DeJong played for three teams this season – St. Louis, the Toronto Blue Jays and the San Francisco Giants – before being released by San Francisco before the end of the season.

After his release, DeJong agreed to a major league contract with the White Sox, giving him another chance to play in the big leagues. The deal was very small.

According to Heyman, DeJong signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the White Sox. It includes up to $250,000 in incentives, making it a one-year, $2 million deal. DeJong, who was making about $9.16 million this season, will see his salary drop by nearly a fifth.

Of course, he’s already struggled mightily in the big leagues, so it’s more about opportunity than money. If he rebounds with the White Sox, he could hit free agency again next winter for a bigger deal, albeit at a lower salary of up to $2 million.

After making his debut with St. Louis in 2017, DeJong played in 382 games over his first three seasons, hitting .251/.318/.467 with 74 home runs, 211 RBIs and 11 doubles as a big-league shortstop. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in his rookie season and was named an All-Star in 2019 after reaching the 30-homer plateau. 보스토토 주소

However, his performance declined after the 2020 shortened season and he was plagued by injuries. In four years from 2020-2023, he hit just .200/.273/.352 with 42 home runs, 133 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 347 games.

It will be interesting to see if DeJong can turn things around with the White Sox.

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