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Beckham, De Aza agree to deals for 2013

1/18/2013

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox reached deals with Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza, signing both Friday to one-year deals for the 2013 season.

Both players had filed for salary arbitration and will each see a significant raise on their salaries from a year ago. Beckham will make $2.925 million for the upcoming season after making $520,000 in 2012. De Aza will see his salary increase to $2.075 million from $495,000 last year.

Beckham, 26, batted just .234 last season with 16 home runs and 60 RBIs, although his defense has been much improved with a .9899 fielding percentage that was second among second baseman in franchise history to Nellie Fox's .9901 mark in 1962.

De Aza, 28, batted .281 with 50 RBIs, 81 runs scored and 26 steals last season. In his first full season with the White Sox he hit four leadoff home runs, the fifth-most in franchise history and the most since Ray Durham hit a team-record six in 2001.