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White Sox's Nicholas Padilla: Outrighted to Triple-A
The White Sox outrighted Padilla to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Padilla allowed three earned runs over just 4.2 major-league innings in 2023 and also struggled to a 5.52 ERA across 44 relief appearances at the Triple-A level. The 26-year-old right-hander is no longer part of the 40-man roster in Chicago.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Wynton Bernard: Inks MiLB deal with White Sox
Bernard signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Tuesday.
Bernard split the 2023 season between the Triple-A affiliates of the Blue Jays and Rockies, posting an impressive .302/.375/.443 slash line with 11 homers and 41 steals across 126 games. He is 33 years old, however, and has appeared in only 12 career games at the MLB level.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Adam Haseley: Dropped from 40-man roster
Haseley was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Tuesday, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
This move clears out a 40-man roster spot for Paul DeJong, whose one-year, $1.75 million agreement with Chicago has now been made official. Haseley, 27, slashed just .222/.282/.278 over 39 major-league plate appearances in 2023 and also had underwhelming numbers with Triple-A Charlotte with a .264/.338/.386 slash.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Mark Payton: Joins ChiSox on minors deal
Payton signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Nov. 15.
It's not clear whether Payton was given an invitation to big-league spring training. Payton got a cup of coffee with the White Sox in 2022 before playing for the Seibu Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization in 2023. The soon-to-be 32-year-old outfielders has gone 10-for-61 (.164 average) over parts of three big-league seasons.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Justin Anderson: Gets minors deal from White Sox
Anderson signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Wednesday.
It's not clear whether Anderson received an invitation to the major-league side of spring training as part of the deal. The right-handed reliever collected a 6.87 ERA over 24 appearances in the minors in the Royals organization this season. He last pitched in the big leagues in 2019.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Paul DeJong: Reaches deal with White Sox
DeJong signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the White Sox, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
DeJong batted just .207 with a .612 OPS over 112 games (400 plate appearances) this past year between the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Giants, but he's a former All-Star with some power in his bat and a strong defensive reputation at shortstop. The 30-year-old right-handed hitter could maybe form an early-season platoon at short with the left-handed-hitting Nicky Lopez, whom the White Sox acquired from Atlanta last week. Top shortstop prospect Colson Montgomery is expected to take over the position at some point in 2024.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Soroka: Has resumed throwing
Soroka (forearm) said Monday that he has resumed throwing and "feels great," LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Soroka finished the 2023 season on the 60-day injured list with right forearm inflammation and missed all of 2021-22 due to consecutive Achilles tears, but he should be able to enjoy a normal offseason and will likely be in the running for an Opening Day rotation spot with the White Sox in 2024. Chicago acquired the 26-year-old right-hander from Atlanta last week as part of a six-player trade.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Matt Foster: Avoids arbitration
Foster (elbow) signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
The 28-year-old right-hander will make just north of the MLB minimum salary in 2024. Foster's expected to spend the first half of the season continuing his recovery from Tommy John surgery.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Garrett Crochet: Role for 2024 undecided
White Sox general manager Chris Getz said Friday that he wants Crochet to be used in a multi-inning role next season, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Crochet's workload will be carefully monitored during spring training, and the team will determine at that point whether to continue to stretch him out to start or use him in relief. At the very least, this would seem to rule the lefty out from being under consideration to serve as the White Sox' closer in 2024, although plenty can change between now and when that decision gets made. Crochet missed all of 2022 following Tommy John surgery and was limited to 25 appearances between the majors and minors in 2023 due to a shoulder issue, although he ended the season healthy.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jared Shuster: In running for rotation spot
White Sox general manager Chris Getz said Friday that he expects one or both of Shuster and Michael Soroka (forearm) to open 2024 in the rotation, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Both pitchers were acquired from Atlanta on Thursday as the White Sox look to stock up on some much-needed rotation depth. Getz did say that he's not done in seeking starting pitching additions this winter, but as it stands right now Shuster and Soroka would each seem to have a good shot at a prominent role. Shuster held an ugly 5.81 ERA and 30:26 K:BB across 52.2 innings for Atlanta in 2023, but he's just 25 and was a first-round pick in 2020.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Soroka: Path to rotation spot
White Sox general manager Chris Getz said Friday that he expects one or both of Soroka (forearm) and Jared Shuster to open 2024 in the rotation, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Both players were acquired from Atlanta on Thursday in a deal which sent reliever Aaron Bummer the other way. The White Sox' rotation looks like one of the easiest to crack right now and the path would be further cleared if Dylan Cease is traded. Getz did note that he plans to acquire additional pitching help this winter, but Soroka has an early leg up for a spot as he tries to reestablish himself in his new surroundings. The right-hander ended the 2023 season on the injured list with forearm inflammation, but he could be ready for the start of spring training.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Braden Shewmake: May have path to majors
Shewmake was traded from Atlanta to the White Sox on Thursday along with Michael Soroka (forearm), Jared Shuster, Nicky Lopez and Riley Gowens in exchange for Aaron Bummer.
Shewmake entered the 2022 season with a chance to win the starting shortstop job in Atlanta, but Orlando Arcia's strong form ended that opportunity. Even after posting a disappointing 72 wRC+ across 526 plate appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett, Shewmake should once again be in a position to vie for a consistent role in the majors during spring training thanks to this change of scenery.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Nicky Lopez: Brings versatility to Sox
Lopez was traded from Atlanta to the White Sox on Thursday along with Michael Soroka (forearm), Jared Shuster, Braden Shewmake and Riley Gowens in exchange for Aaron Bummer.
Lopez was dealt for the second time in the last five months as Atlanta looks to clear space on its 40-man roster. After handling a full-time role in 2021 and 2022, Lopez served primarily as a bench bat in 2023 and maintained only a .632 OPS. While he's shown stolen base upside in the past, Lopez managed only six steals across 262 plate appearances last season, though he could see an uptick in playing time with his new club given his ability to play across the infield.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jared Shuster: Headed to Chicago
Shuster was traded from Atlanta to the White Sox on Thursday along with Michael Soroka (forearm), Braden Shewmake, Nicky Lopez and Riley Gowens in exchange for Aaron Bummer.
Atlanta cleared out spots on its 40-man roster with the move, though the exchange could also benefit Shuster. He made his big-league debut in 2023 as a spot starter and struggled to a 5.81 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with a 30:26 K:BB across 52.2 innings. Despite a track record of success in the minors, Shuster likely would have been a longshot to break camp in the majors with Atlanta as a result of his struggles, but he should have a more substantial opportunity to make a big-league impact with his new club in 2024.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Michael Soroka: Traded to White Sox
Soroka (forearm) was traded from Atlanta to the White Sox on Thursday along with Jared Shuster, Braden Shewmake, Nicky Lopez and Riley Gowens in exchange for Aaron Bummer.
Soroka was placed on the injured list Sept. 6 with a forearm injury, though surgery was not required. That came after multiple Achilles injuries, which combined to limit him to only 37.2 total innings from 2020 to 2022 before being mostly healthy last season prior to the forearm issue. Soroka could push for a back-end rotation spot with the White Sox out of spring training.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Cristian Mena: Added to 40-man roster
The White Sox selected Mena to their 40-man roster Tuesday, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Mena is now protected from next month's Rule 5 Draft. He held a 4.85 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 156:64 K:BB in 133.2 innings this past season between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Jake Eder: Joins 40-man roster
The White Sox selected Eder to their 40-man roster Tuesday, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
Eder posted an ugly 6.35 ERA over 56.2 minor-league innings in 2023, but the White Sox acquired him from the Marlins in the Jake Burger trade and didn't want to lose the 25-year-old left-hander in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.... See More ... See Less