The Angels announced the move on Wednesday. They also named left-hander Dillon Peters to take a spot in the 40-man roster.
The White Sox nominated Eaton for assignment on July 7 after defeating .201 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 58 games in his return season with Chicago. After a good start to the year, its production fell sharply from mid-April.
The 10-year major-league veteran also battled the Washington Nationals in 2020, a year after playing well and winning a World Series ring with new Angels teammate Anthony Rendon. Eaton is a career 0.278 hitter with 65 homers and 317 RBIs over a decade with Arizona, Washington and two stints with the White Sox.
Eaton will provide immediate depth into the Angels’ injury-plagued outfield. Left fielder Justin Upton has been out since June 22 with a low back injury, and three-time AL MVP center fielder Mike Trout has been out for two months with a left calf injury. The two are expected to return relatively soon, but their wounds took a long time to heal, preventing them even from starting a rehab mission before the star break.
Los Angeles also lost right fielder Dexter Fowler for the season with a torn knee ligaments in early April.
The Angels used infielders Luis Rengifo, Jose Rojas and Phil Gosselin as replacement outfielders while Upton and Trout were sidelined. Juan Lagares, who usually replaces Trout in the middle of the field, and Taylor Ward have been the only real healthy outfielders on the Halos roster for most of the past three weeks.
The Angels still play well offensively despite their significant injury issues and Rendon’s crisis all season long. They are eighth in majors in points (435) and fifth in team OPS (0.759) behind All-Star hitters Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh.