The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with catcher Tyler Flowers ($2.675 million) and right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija ($9.8 million), avoiding arbitration with both players.
Flowers, 28, hit .241 (98-407) with 15 home runs and 50 RBI over 127 games last season, his sixth in the White Sox organization. He recorded career highs in virtually every offensive category and ranked second in the American League in the second half with a .553 slugging percentage. Flowers is a career .218 hitter (204-936) with 37 homers, 103 RBI and 103 runs scored in 319 games over six seasons with the White Sox (2009-14).
Samardzija, 29, was acquired by Chicago from the Oakland Athletics in a six-player trade on December 9, 2014. He went 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA (73 ER/219.2 IP), two complete games and 202 strikeouts over 33 starts between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland last season. A 2014 All-Star, Samardzija established career bests in IP, strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.70), opponents on-base percentage (.279) and walks per 9.0 IP (1.76). He has gone 36-48 with a 3.85 ERA (333 ER/777.2 IP), five complete games and 738 strikeouts in 222 games (99 starts) over seven seasons between the Cubs (2008-14) and Athletics (2014).
The White Sox have no remaining arbitration-eligible players.