Player News - White Sox

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Melky Cabrera went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI double and a home run in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

Cabrera had Royals starter Jason Vargas' number, swatting a solo homer off him in the third inning before knocking an RBI double in the fifth. The runs were the only two the Sox would muster on the evening. In the midst of a wasteland of a season for the club, Cabrera has quietly had a terrific offensive year, batting .296/.340/.446 with 13 homers, 56 RBI and 52 runs scored. Given those numbers, it wouldn't be shocking to see the 32-year-old free agent-to-be dealt before the trade deadline, but there hasn't been much smoke around Cabrera to date.
Jul 23 - 12:52 AM

Mike Pelfrey held the Royals to one run on two hits, albeit with six walks, over five innings in a no-decision Saturday.

Pelfrey had trouble throwing strikes but it worked for him, as he kept the Royals offense off-balance for most of the night. Unfortunately for Big Pelf, he pitches for the White Sox, so he can't have nice things like wins. The no-decision leaves his record at 3-7 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.45 WHIP through 18 appearances, including 16 starts, to date. The 33-year-old will seek the elusive win Thursday against the Cubs.
Jul 23 - 12:31 AM

Jose Abreu took grounders at third base before Saturday's game.

It's not uncommon for players to experiment at new positions during BP but Abreu's presence at third is notable now that Todd Frazier, who was just traded to the Yankees on Tuesday, is no longer manning the hot corner. Beat reporter Scott Merkin of MLB.com was surprised at how fluid Abreu looked on the left side of the infield, though he's never played there in a major league game. Yolmer Sanchez and Matt Davidson have been sharing time at third since Frazier's departure.
Jul 22 - 9:00 PM

James Shields was knocked around for six runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday.

Shields didn’t factor into the decision. He gave up 10 hits (including a solo homer to Mike Moustakas) and walked three. He’s now allowed six runs in three out of his six starts since returning from the disabled list. His days of fantasy relevance appear numbered.
Jul 22 - 1:07 AM

Yoan Moncada drove in four runs in Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Royals.

Get excited, White Sox fans and fantasy owners. Called up after this week’s Todd Frazier trade, Moncada plated a run with a ground out in the second inning before collecting his first hit with Chicago on a bases-clearing triple in the third. Talk about easy speed. Moncada’s penchant for the strikeout will likely cut into his batting average upside in the short-term, but he’s capable of producing across the board in fantasy leagues.
Jul 22 - 1:05 AM

White Sox acquired RHPs Mark Lowe and Jean Machi from the Mariners for cash considerations.

Lowe was a disaster for the Tigers in 2016 and hasn't been any better in the minor leagues this season where he owns a 6.23 ERA and 1.77 WHIP across 39 frames at Triple-A Tacoma. He'll add organizational bullpen depth for the White Sox.
Jul 22 - 12:24 AM

White Sox acquired RHPs Jean Machi and Mark Lowe from the Mariners for cash considerations.

The 35-year-old hurler appeared in five games for the Mariners this season, compiling a 1.17 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 4/4 K/BB ratio. He'll add bullpen depth at the minor league level for now, but should get a shot with the White Sox in relatively short order.
Jul 22 - 12:23 AM

Mike Curto, the broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainers reports that Mark Lowe and Jean Machi have been traded to the White Sox.

No word yet on anything becoming official or a potential return for the Mariners. Both veteran right-handers have struggled this season. Lowe owns a 6.23 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 37/20 K/BB ratio across 39 innings at Triple-A Tacoma.
Jul 21 - 7:41 PM

Carlos Rodon was tagged for five runs and four homers in 3 2/3 innings by the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Rodon's bad start in Coors last time out wasn't all that big of a deal, but four homers in 3 2/3 innings in Chicago is awfully disappointing. He had given up one homer in 16 2/3 innings over his first three starts. Unfortunately, Rodon's tough schedule continues with the Cubs and Indians up next week. He should have some mixed-league value in the end, but one shouldn't want him starting against all of these contenders.
Jul 20 - 12:18 AM

Yoan Moncada went 0-for-2 with a walk in his White Sox debut Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Moncada hit sixth tonight. Ideally, he'll be much closer to the top of the order by season's end, but sixth seems appropriate for now.
Jul 20 - 12:13 AM

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said that Tyler Clippard will get the first crack at save chances.

With both David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle heading over to the Yankees in Tuesday's big trade, the back end of the White Sox bullpen is suddenly quite thin. Clippard -- acquired by Chicago in the aforementioned swap -- has experience closing in the past, but has struggled mightily over the last two months and held a 4.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 42/19 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings with the Yankees. He carries iffy overall fantasy value but is certainly worth owning in most standard formats.
Jul 19 - 5:38 PM

White Sox recalled 2B Yoan Moncada from Triple-A Charlotte.

Moncada is starting at second base and batting sixth Wednesday in his White Sox debut against the Dodgers and right-hander Kenta Maeda. The 22-year-old Moncada, considered by many to be the No. 1 prospect in the sport, was slashing .282/.377/.447 with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 80 games this season at the Triple-A level. He's immediately playable in most standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 19 - 3:07 PM

White Sox acquired OF Tito Polo, OF Blake Rutherford, LHP Ian Clarkin, and RHP Tyler Clippard from the Yankees for 3B/1B Todd Frazier, RHP David Robertson, and RHP Tommy Kahnle.

Polo, 22, was batting .298/.358/.446 with five home runs and 25 stolen bases in 72 games this season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, appearing defensively at all three outfield spots. He will presumably join the Double-A affiliate of the White Sox in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jul 19 - 12:37 AM

White Sox acquired LHP Ian Clarkin, RHP Tyler Clippard, OF Blake Rutherford, and OF Tito Polo from the Yankees for 3B/1B Todd Frazier, RHP David Robertson, and RHP Tommy Kahnle.

Clarkin was the 33rd overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft and is enjoying his best season in the minors to date, with a 2.61 ERA in 72 1/3 innings of High-A ball. The 22-year-old left-hander has had problems with injuries in the past, but his career seems to be on the right track here in 2017. It's another top talent for the suddenly-stacked White Sox farm system.
Jul 19 - 12:35 AM

White Sox acquired OF Blake Rutherford, LHP Ian Clarkin, OF Tito Polo, and RHP Tyler Clippard from the Yankees for 3B/1B Todd Frazier, RHP David Robertson, and RHP Tommy Kahnle.

Rutherford is a consensus top-50 prospect and the centerpiece of the return package for the White Sox. The 20-year-old was drafted 18th overall in 2016 out of a California high school and has batted .302/.364/.443 over his first 104 professional games. He's played primarily in center field but will probably wind up in one of the corners at the MLB level. Chicago now has eight players on Baseball America's midseason top 100.
Jul 19 - 12:31 AM


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