White Sox avoid arbitration, sign Garcia & Lawrie to one-year deals

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TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 26: Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by Brett Lawrie #15 after scoring runs in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 26, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

TORONTO, CANADA – APRIL 26: Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by Brett Lawrie #15 after scoring runs in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 26, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – The White Sox avoided arbitration with Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia, signing each to a one-year deal.

Lawrie will take a pay cut next year, making $3.5 million down from $4.125 million last year.

The 26-year-old second baseman batted .248 with twelve home runs and 36 RBI in 94 games in his first year with the Sox.

Garcia, meanwhile, settled for $3 million to play another year on the South Side.

In 120 games last year, the 25-year-old outfielder drove in 51 runs on twelve homers and ranked fourth in the American League with a .355 average with runners in scoring position.

The Sox also declined to tender a 2017 contract to 28-year-old right-handed pitcher Blake Smith.