Player News - White Sox

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Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that there's "still nothing going on" regarding the Red Sox potentially pursuing Jose Abreu in a trade.

Abreu has been connected to Boston as the Red Sox seek a power bat, but at this point he appears to be far down their priority list. With as many bats as there are available, it wouldn't make much sense for the Red Sox to trade top prospects in order to land Abreu.
Dec 10 - 12:02 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI says that trade talks between the Red Sox and White Sox involving Jose Abreu have been "overstated."

Bradford also says that there has never been much traction in regards to a trade between the two clubs involving the slugger. This is likely due to a variety of reasons, but the report that the White Sox wanted "an arm and both legs" for Abreu likely didn't help. With Eric Hosmer, Carlos Santana and a few other quality free agents available, it doesn't make sense for Boston to move their top prospects at this point.
Dec 8 - 1:01 PM

A source tells ESPN's Scott Lauber that the White Sox want "an arm and both legs" in a trade for first baseman Jose Abreu.

Lauber covers the Red Sox, one of the teams known to have interest in the 30-year-old. The White Sox have a reputation of aiming high in trade negotiations for their stars, dating back to recent deals for Adam Eaton and Chris Sale, among others. The other known interested parties are the Brewers and Astros. With the White Sox still rebuilding and Abreu one of their last holdovers, it makes sense that the team will deal him at some point this winter.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 2 - 5:11 PM

White Sox non-tendered INF/OF Alen Hanson.

The 25-year-old speedster wasn't going to be arbitration-eligible until 2020, but the White Sox decided to cut bait. Hanson slashed .221/.262/.346 with four homers, 11 RBI and 11 swipes in 106 games between the Pirates and White Sox in 2017. He shouldn't have any trouble finding another club willing to take a chance on him.
Dec 2 - 8:13 AM

White Sox non-tendered RHP Al Alburquerque.

The 31-year-old appeared in 21 games for the Royals and White Sox, registering a 2.50 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 18 innings. The veteran journeyman has a cool 3.16 career ERA in 264 games with four teams.
Dec 1 - 9:55 PM

White Sox non-tendered RHP Zach Putnam.

Putnam notched a 1.04 ERA in seven games before succumbing to Tommy John surgery in June. He will miss most if not all of the 2018 season. He has a 3.20 ERA in 145 career games, all in relief.
Dec 1 - 9:49 PM

White Sox non-tendered RHP Jake Petricka.

Petricka is currently rehabbing from nerve transposition surgery on his right elbow. He is expected to resume throwing in time for spring training -- if he gets invited to one. He registered a 7.01 ERA in 25 2/3 innings with the White Sox this year. He has a 3.84 ERA and 16 saves in 181 career games.
Dec 1 - 9:45 PM

White Sox signed C Welington Castillo to a two-year, $15 million contract with an $8 million club option for 2020.

The deal was first reported earlier Friday by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and it has now been made official. Castillo cranked 20 home runs while batting .282/.323/.490 over 96 games for the Orioles this past season and has averaged 16.5 homers over the last four campaigns. He'll be part of a rebuilding White Sox team but will get to hit in another favorable environment at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Dec 1 - 2:46 PM

White Sox and RHP Danny Farquhar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

Farquhar's control really abandoned him in 2017, but he holds a career 3.88 ERA and 300/106 K/BB ratio over 264 1/3 relief innings at the major league level. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.
Dec 1 - 2:28 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the White Sox have signed Welington Castillo.

It's a two-year, $15 million contract with an $8 million club option for a third year, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The White Sox were one team that had a starting catcher job open and they've landed one of the best free agent backstops available. Castillo hit .282/.323/.490 and slugged 20 home runs over just 96 games this past season with the Orioles and has averaged 16.5 homers over the last four campaigns.
Dec 1 - 1:11 PM

White Sox signed RHP Rob Scahill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Scahill, who turns 31 in February, holds a 3.79 ERA and 96/56 K/BB ratio across 144 2/3 relief innings in the majors. He should have a pretty good shot to land a spot in the White Sox' Opening Day bullpen.
Dec 1 - 8:45 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox have been in active talks with "the Red Sox and others" on a Jose Abreu trade.

Heyman notes that the Red Sox were among the finalists to sign Abreu when he defected from Cuba in 2013 and inked a six-year, $68 million contract with Chicago. The other known finalists: Milwaukee and Houston. Abreu opted into arbitration last winter and carries two more years of club control with salaries that will likely range between $14-20 million. The 30-year-old slugger batted .304/.354/.552 with 33 home runs and 102 RBI in 156 games this past season for the Pale Hose.
Nov 29 - 11:34 AM

White Sox signed 1B Matt Skole to a minor league contract.

Skole was released from the Nationals' minor league system in July and failed to latch on with another organization until now. The former fifth-round pick has flashed good power at times on the farm, but he is already 28 years old and has not yet appeared in a major league game.
Nov 29 - 11:05 AM

White Sox signed RHP Dustin Antolin to a minor league contract.

Antolin was dumped from the Nationals' minor league system around the middle of the 2017 season after struggling badly in four starts and 20 relief appearances at Triple-A Syracuse, but he went on to post good numbers for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. The 28-year-old right-hander will likely open the 2018 season at Triple-A Charlotte.
Nov 23 - 2:23 PM

White Sox signed 1B/3B Patrick Leonard to a minor league contract.

Leonard tallied 32 doubles, 11 home runs, 70 RBI, and 15 stolen bases over 131 games this season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Rays, but those numbers came alongside a somewhat underwhelming .268/.327/.408 overall slash line. The 25-year-old corner infielder has a .258 career batting average in the minors.
Nov 22 - 9:53 AM


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