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  • Adam Eaton: Contemplating retirement

    Eaton is considering retiring as a player and making a move into coaching, with the Angels having met with him regarding a possible position on the team's staff before the lockout began Dec. 1, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    If Eaton is still eager to continue his playing career, he'll more than likely have to accept a minor-league deal after both the White Sox and Angels cast him off their 40-man rosters last season, when the 33-year-old outfielder managed a lowly .201/.282/.327 slash line over 288 plate appearances. Though he mostly stayed healthy in 2021, multiple injuries suffered in prior years appear to have caught up with Eaton, who no longer profiles as a plus runner and has seen his on-base and contact skills diminish. The Angels aren't able to finalize a contract with Eaton to join their coaching staff during the ongoing work stoppage, but once the lockout ends, expect the two sides to revisit those discussions. Eaton will also presumably stay engaged with any teams who are willing to offer him the chance to compete for a spot on an Opening Day roster.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: DFA'd by Angels

    Eaton was designated for assignment by the Angels on Sunday.

    Eaton signed with the Angels over the All-Star break after being let go by the White Sox, and he's again lost his spot on a big-league roster. The 32-year-old appeared in 26 games for the Halos and slashed .200/.232/.277 in 69 plate appearances, which is worse than his numbers (.201/.298/.344) with the White Sox.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: Taking grounders at first base

    Eaton has been getting reps at first base in anticipation of possibly being needed to field the position during contests in National League parks, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Jared Walsh (chest) has yet to be activated from the injured list, so the Angels are somewhat shorthanded at first base for this weekend's interleague series against the Dodgers. With the games being played at Dodger Stadium, the team has had both Eaton and Justin Upton take grounders in anticipation of a possible in-game move that requires coverage at first. Eaton has started only once since Jo Adell was promoted to the big leagues Aug. 2 and isn't starting Saturday in Game 2 of the crosstown clash.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: Slugs sixth homer

    Eaton went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Rangers.

    Eaton entered the starting lineup after a two-game absence. He led off the third inning with a home run, his sixth of the season but first since May 31. Eaton figures to see only sparing playing time with Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh and Justin Upton serving as the team's primary outfielders.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: Not in Saturday's lineup

    Eaton will sit Saturday against Oakland.

    Eaton hits the bench against lefty Cole Irvin. Juan Lagares starts in right field in his absence.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: Sitting against lefty

    Eaton isn't in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    After starting the past eight games, Eaton will take a seat with southpaw Austin Gomber pitching Tuesday for Colorado. Juan Lagares will start in right field in his place.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: Collects first steal as Angel

    Eaton went 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Twins.

    The veteran outfielder has notched double-digit thefts in four of his big-league campaigns, but Sunday's swipe was only his third (in three attempts) in 2021. He still boasts above-average sprint speed, but his .292 on-base percentage this season helps explain why he hasn't run more often.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: Garners third straight start

    Eaton will start in right field and bat seventh Tuesday against the Athletics.

    Following Sunday's promotion of top prospect Brandon Marsh from Triple-A Salt Lake, Eaton and Taylor Ward look poised to stick in the Angels' everyday outfield ahead of Juan Lagares. Eaton, who has gone 3-for-12 with a double in his first four games with the Angels, will make his third straight start Tuesday, but he may not have much longevity as a lineup regular because Justin Upton (back) and Mike Trout (calf) are both likely to be activated from the injured list before the end of the month.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: Collects two hits in Angels debut

    Eaton went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    After signing a big-league contract with the Angels on Wednesday, Eaton started in right field and batted seventh in the order in the team's first game following the All-Star break. The veteran doubled in his first at-bat and singled to start a ninth-inning rally that fell just short. With outfielders Mike Trout (calf) and Justin Upton (back) on the injured list, Eaton is expected to play "a lot" in right field, per Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: Draws start Friday

    Eaton is starting in right field Friday against the Mariners, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Eaton was signed by the Angels on Wednesday after being released by the White Sox on Monday. The veteran outfielder batted just .201 across 189 at-bats with Chicago this season, but per Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, manager Joe Maddon said Eaton will get the bulk of the playing time in right field for the foreseeable future.

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  • Angels' Adam Eaton: Signs with Angels

    The Angels signed Eaton to a major-league contract Wednesday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Eaton was released by the White Sox on Monday after hitting .201 in 189 at-bats this season. The 32-year-old will likely be a starter in the Angels' outfield, at least until Mike Trout (calf) and Justin Upton (back) return from the injured list.

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  • Adam Eaton: Let go by Pale Hose

    The White Sox granted Eaton his unconditional release Monday.

    Eaton will hit the open market after no organization was willing to put a waiver claim in for the veteran outfielder and the money remaining on his one-year, $7 million deal when Chicago designated him for assignment last week. The 32-year-old has long been one of baseball's better contact hitters, but he's taken a big step back in that department in 2021. Over his 219 plate appearances, Eaton struck out at a 25.1 percent clip -- well above his 17.3 percent career rate. Eaton's declining bat-to-ball skills and lack of power will likely force him to settle for a depth role in the outfield if he finds an opportunity with another club.

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  • White Sox's Adam Eaton: Designated for assignment

    Eaton was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Eaton simply didn't find any consistency during his reunion with the White Sox this season, as he's hit an ugly .201/.298/.344 across 189 plate appearances. Nonetheless, Wednesday's move still comes as a bit of a surprise given the outfield injuries Chicago is dealing with and the fact Eaton is owed $7 million for the season. The veteran outfielder is unlikely to be claimed off waivers given his performance and contract, but he should be a candidate to latch on with a team searching for outfield depth once he clears the waiver wire. Adam Engel (hamstring) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding roster move.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-9, 176 lbs
Birthplace: Springfield, OH
Age: 35
School: Miami (OH)
Experience: 8
Bats/Throws: L, L