Player News - White Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

White Sox signed 1B Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ishikawa had a deal with the Mariners fall apart last month, but it didn't take him long to catch on elsewhere. The 32-year-old batted .206/.306/.302 with one homer over 72 plate appearances with the Pirates and Giants last season.
Feb 9 - 4:20 PM

White Sox signed RHP Mat Latos to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Latos is coming off a 2015 campaign that saw him bounce around with three different teams and post a 4.95 ERA. He's also not throwing as hard as he used to and has drawn criticism for being a poor clubhouse presence. That said, there's little risk in a $3 million investment and the White Sox were lacking rotation depth. He'll push Erik Johnson either to the bullpen or Triple-A.
Feb 9 - 4:15 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the White Sox have signed free agent right-hander Mat Latos.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that it's a one-year, $3 million contract and the deal doesn't include incentives. Latos is coming off an inconsistent season where he posted a 4.95 ERA and 100/32 K/BB ratio over 116 1/3 innings between the Marlins, Dodgers, and Angels, but he's a fine gamble at these terms. He'll give Chicago some rotation depth on the cheap, but U.S. Cellular Field isn't the ideal environment for fantasy purposes.
Feb 9 - 1:54 PM

White Sox GM Rick Hahn believes Carson Fulmer could arrive in the major leagues by 2017.

"I don't think that's an unreasonable expectation," said Hahn at last week's Sox Fest. "The good ones have a way of forcing that time frame and letting you know when they're ready." While 2017 remains Fulmer's ETA, he could make it to the big leagues sooner if a spot opens up in the White Sox bullpen. The 22-year-old posted a 2.05 ERA in eight games for High-A Winston-Salem last year in his first taste of minor league action.
Source: CSN Chicago
Feb 6 - 10:14 PM

White Sox re-signed RHP Maikel Cleto to a minor league contract.

Cleto, 26, held a 3.00 ERA with 61 strikeouts over 51 relief innings at the Triple-A level last season. The hard-thrower has whiffed 58 over 45 frames during his time in the majors but has also walked 30 while posting a 6.60 ERA.
Feb 5 - 8:59 AM

White Sox signed INF/OF Vinny Rottino to a minor league contract.

Rottino, 35, hit .266/.346/.390 with 10 homers last season at Triple-A with the Marlins after spending the previous two years overseas. The utility player hasn't seen any action in the majors since 2012.
Feb 2 - 4:22 PM

White Sox hired Frank Thomas as a special assistant in corporate partnerships.

Thomas was previously a team ambassador for the White Sox but he left that job to be an analyst for Fox Sports. "I’m really happy to be back here and to come back with a role to the team where I spent my entire life it seems and to be a help anywhere I possibly can,’’ said Thomas at Saturday's SoxFest event. The first-ballot Hall of Famer spent 16 of his 19 major league seasons with the White Sox.
Jan 30 - 6:23 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Adam LaRoche will have to "earn a job" in spring training.

The White Sox tried to trade LaRoche this offseason but couldn't find any takers. LaRoche is coming off one of his worst seasons but the White Sox still have a shortage of left-handed power bats. Assuming the White Sox don't make any more moves this offseason, LaRoche should open the year as Chicago's starting DH.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jan 30 - 5:24 PM

According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, the minor league deal once agreed upon between the Mariners and Travis Ishikawa has fallen apart.

Dutton also notes that a reconciliation in this case appears unlikely. According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, Ishikawa would have earned $900,000 had he cracked the Mariners' roster.
Jan 30 - 2:38 PM

Adam Eaton said Friday that his recovery from shoulder surgery has gone very well and that he has been able to participate in his normal offseason workouts.

Eaton also indicated that he'll be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in October after injuring his shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield during a game in July. He's coming off a nice offensive season where he slashed .287/.361/.431 with 14 homers and 18 stolen bases and should once again be a catalyst atop the White Sox lineup.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jan 30 - 11:29 AM

White Sox signed LHP Will Lamb to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 25-year-old southpaw spent his first five professional seasons in the Rangers organization. In 2015, he compiled a 4.42 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 51/26 K/BB ratio across 57 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He's nothing more than a depth signing for the White Sox.
Jan 30 - 9:09 AM

Avisail Garcia said he wants to steal more bases in 2016.

Garcia told MLB.com's Scott Merkin that he got too big last season and "wants to be a viable base stealing threat" this year, per Merkin. Garcia had seven steals in 14 attempts last season and has just 14 stolen bases in his major league career. Conversely, he stole 78 bags in the minors, including 23 during the 2012 season. Garcia will have to do something to increase his value to the team after slashing a disappointing .257/.309/.365 last year.
Jan 28 - 4:38 PM

Tyler Saladino indicated that he won't play for the Philippines in February's World Baseball Classic qualifier.

Saladino feels it comes too close to spring training, so he'll be sitting it out. The 26-year-old saw 236 at-bats with the big league club in 2015, slashing .225/.267/.335 with four homers, 20 RBI and eight steals. He's currently penciled in as the White Sox starting shortstop.
Jan 27 - 9:14 PM

White Sox signed INF Gerson Montilla to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old spent the first eight seasons of his professional career toiling in the Diamondbacks organization. In 2015, he slashed .266/.335/.454 with 18 long balls and 61 RBI in 115 contests between High-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile.
Jan 23 - 8:51 AM

White Sox re-signed RHP Matt Albers to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The deal includes a $3 million club option for 2017. Albers owned a microscopic 1.21 ERA in 37 1/3 innings with the Sox this past season. It's a bit surprising, then, that he was only able to score a one-year deal, but the Sox will almost certainly exercise their option if he pitches anywhere close to as well as he did this past season.
Jan 21 - 4:36 PM


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