Jennings ($1.4M), Petricka ($825,00) agree with White Sox

CHICAGO — Relief pitcher Dan Jennings agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, and right-hander Jake Petricka struck an $825,000, one-year deal.

The agreements Thursday avoided salary arbitration.

Jennings made a career-high 64 appearances last season in his second season with the White Sox, going 4-3 with a 2.08 ERA. His 46 strikeouts matched a personal best set in 2015. Eligible for arbitration for the first time last year, he made $810,000.

Petricka made nine relief appearances last season before season-ending surgery on his right hip. He made $535,000.

Three Chicago players remained eligible for arbitration: third baseman Todd Frazier, and right-handers Miguel Gonzalez and Zach Putnam.

The White Sox finished fourth in the AL Central at 78-84 last year — their fourth straight losing season. They promoted Rick Renteria from bench coach to replace Robin Ventura as manager this off-season and traded ace Chris Sale to Boston and outfielder Adam Eaton to Washington for hefty packages of young players.

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