Mark Teahen Avoids Arbitration, Agrees to Deal With White Sox

CHICAGO — Third baseman Mark Teahen agreed Tuesday to a $14 million, three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox and avoided arbitration.

Acquired from Kansas City on Nov. 6, Teahen will earn $3.75 million next year, $4.75 million in 2011 and $5.5 million in 2012. He had been eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.

Teahen batted .271 with a career-high 34 doubles, 12 home runs and 50 RBIs in 144 games with the Royals last season. He made 99 starts at third base, 31 in right field and three at second.

When he was acquired in a trade for infielders Chris Getz and Josh Fields, White Sox general manager Ken Williams said Teahen would play third base, meaning last year's rookie standout Gordon Beckham would move to second.

The 28-year-old Teahen is a career .269 hitter with 59 homers and 293 RBIs with the Royals from 2005-09.

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