White Sox sign Farquhar; non-tender Putnam, Petricka

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Danny Farquhar pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP)

The White Sox agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.05-million contract with right-hander Danny Farquhar, avoiding arbitration Friday, and declined to tender 2018 contracts to three other right-handed relievers — Al Alburquerque, Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam — and infielder Alen Hanson.

The deadline for clubs to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players was at 7 p.m. As expected, the Sox tendered contracts to first baseman Jose Abreu, right fielder Avisail Garcia, left-hander Carlos Rodon, outfielder-infielder Leury Garcia and infielder Yolmer Sanchez.

The Sox 40-man roster is at 36.

Petricka and Putnam have been productive relievers during their careers with the Sox but have battled injuries the last couple of seasons. Putnam underwent Tommy John Surgery in June.

Farquhar, 30, combined to go 4-2 with a 4.20 ERA over 49 1/3 innings with 45 strikeouts over 52 appearances last season with the Rays and Sox. A fastball-changeup reliever, Farquhar limited opponents to a .223 average, including a .185 (15-81) mark vs. left-handers.

Farquhar pitched to a 4.40 ERA in 15 games with the Sox. In six major-league seasons with Toronto (2011), Seattle (2013-15), Tampa Bay (2016-17) and the Sox (2017), Farquhar is 9-14 with a 3.88 ERA.

The Sox bullpen was depleted last season by trades of David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak and Dan Jennings and injuries to Nate Jones, Putnam and Petricka.


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