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Evan’s back!

Again, Marshall wasn’t going anywhere, but he re-ups with the White Sox for $2 million

Wild Card Round - Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics - Game One
Evan Marshall of the Chicago White Sox pitches during Game 1 of the Wild Card Round against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on Sept. 29, 2020 in Oakland. The White Sox defeated the Athletics, 4-1.
Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

Surely it’s some kind of strange baseball accounting thing, right? How else to explain two arbitration avoidance agreements here at the hind end of the year?

Evan Marshall, one of the sturdiest members of the formidable White Sox bullpen, agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal — $100,000 more than his MLBTR estimate of $1.9 million!

Here’s what the White Sox have to say:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 31, 2020

WHITE SOX AGREE TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH EVAN MARSHALL

CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract with right-handed pitcher Evan Marshall, avoiding arbitration.

Marshall, 30, went 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA, eight holds, 30 strikeouts and a 1.06 WHIP over 23 relief appearances in 2020, his second season with the White Sox. He averaged a career-best 11.91 strikeouts per 9.0 IP and limited opponents to a .198 average, including a .119 mark vs. lefthanders.

Marshall originally was signed by the White Sox as a free agent on Oct. 30, 2018. Over two seasons with the Sox, he has gone 6-3 with a 2.45 ERA, 27 holds and 71 strikeouts in 78 relief outings.

Marshall is under one more year of arbitration control, becoming a free agent for the 2023 season.

Only Lucas Giolito ($5.3 million MLBTR arb estimate) and Reynaldo López ($2.2 million) remain on track for an arbitration hearing next year.