White Sox Sign Bummer To Long-Term Extension

Aaron Bummer signed a five-year, $16-million deal with two club options.

670 The Score Staff
February 22, 2020 - 1:23 pm

(670 The Score) The White Sox have locked up a key piece of their bullpen for the long term.

Chicago and lefty reliever Aaron Bummer on Saturday agreed to a five-year, $16-million contract that includes two team options on the back end that could extend the deal through the 2026 season.

Bummer posted a 2.13 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in 58 appearances in 2019, when he allowed just 19.4% of inherited runners to score, a mark that ranked second among American League relievers. Bummer is expected to fill a high-leverage role for the White Sox again this season. 

The payouts and structure of Bummer's new contract are as follows:

2020: $1 million
2021: $2 million
2022: $2.5 million
2023: $3.75 million
2024: $5.5 million
2025: $7.25-million team option with $1.25 million buyout
2026: $7.5-million team option with $1/25 million buyout

In other news, the White Sox reworked their deal with utilityman Leury Garcia, who had his pay bumped to $3.5 million in 2020 and a $3.5-million team option added for the 2021 season. That team option also includes a $250,000 buyout.

Garcia, 29, had previously been in line to make $3.25 million in 2020. He .279 with 27 doubles, eight homers, 40 RBI and 93 runs in 140 games last season.