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3 Most Likely Adam Eaton Free Agent Destinations Following Release From White Sox

Devon Platana
Most likely destinations for Adam Eaton following his release from the Chicago White Sox, including the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals.
Most likely destinations for Adam Eaton following his release from the Chicago White Sox, including the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. / David Berding/Getty Images

Last week, the Chicago White Sox waived veteran outfielder Adam Eaton. Fast forward to Monday and the White Sox granted him his unconditional release after zero teams put in a waiver claim.

Eaton is currently in the middle of the worst season of his career in terms of seeing the ball. While he's recorded 5 home runs and 28 RBI, his .201 batting average is below his career BA of .278 and he's also struck out in 25.1% of his at-bats this season.

Nevertheless, Eaton's been in the MLB since 2012 and won a World Series with the Washington Nationals back in 2019. A lot of teams would appreciate having that experience and leadership in their clubhouse once the postseason begins.

Here's a look at the three most likely destinations for Eaton following his White Sox release.

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1. Atlanta Braves

With Marcell Ozuna still on the injured list and Ronald Acuna Jr. tearing his ACL last week, the Atlanta Braves could use some help in the outfield going down the stretch. While Eaton certainly isn't the contact hitter that he once was, he'll still give the Braves an extra warm body that they could feel comfortable throwing into the starting lineup when needed. Being a left-handed hitter also adds value to Eaton, giving Atlanta more flexibility with its lineup.

2. New York Yankees

Another team that's been dealing with outfield injuries happens to be the New York Yankees. With Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks all on the injured list, now would be the right time to take a chance on a guy like Eaton. The Yankees wouldn't have to break the bank to sign him considering how he'd be on a prorated minimum contract. New York also has just one left-handed position player on its active roster, so Eaton would certainly help in that regard. The Yankees have slipped to +2500 odds to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, so bringing in a veteran like Eaton with his experience could go a long way in turning those odds around.

3. Washington Nationals

With a 42-47 record, the Washington Nationals are 6.0 games back of the New York Mets for first place in the NL East. While that isn't an insurmountable deficit, the Nationals could use all the help that they can get. Perhaps a reunion with Eaton could be in the cards. He spent 2017 to 2020 with the club, which includes when he played some of the best baseball of his career. Sometimes a change of scenery is all that a player needs to get back on track and returning to Washington could do that for Eaton. The Nationals do have a few outfielders on the injured list, so this move wouldn't just be for the sake of nostalgia. Instead, it gives Washington outfield flexibility while reuniting Eaton with the team's fanbase.

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