Player News - White Sox

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Luis Robert extended his hitting streak to 14 games by going 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base as the Glendale Desert Dogs beat the Scottsdale Scorpions 6-5 on Friday in the Arizona Fall League.

Perhaps most impressively, he tagged up and scored from second base on a line-out to center field. Robert signed a $26 million deal as an international free agent in 2017 and is one of the White Sox' top prospects. The raw 21-year-old struggled this year at Single-A Winston-Salem, slashing a sub-par .244/.317/.309 with zero homers in 32 games. He's been very impressive in the AFL however, ranking second in the league with a .386 batting average, two homers, 10 RBI, 18 runs and 3 stolen bases in 14 games. He has at least one hit in every game he's played. The power has not shown up in games yet, but he projects as a power-hitting right fielder with good speed.
Nov 10 - 10:47 AM

White Sox signed RHP Evan Marshall to a minor league contract.

Marshall had a fine rookie season with the Diamondbacks back in 2014 but has really struggled during his chances in the majors since. He's a depth bullpen arm for the White Sox.
Nov 9 - 9:13 AM

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn revealed at the GM Meetings on Tuesday that manager Rick Renteria has been signed to a contract extension.

There was no formal announcement about a new deal, with Hahn only noting that it came together "some time ago" and that 2019 will no longer be Renteria's final season under contract with the team. Renteria holds a 129-195 managerial record since being hired in October 2016 and is coming off a 100-loss campaign. There will probably need to be some signs of progress next year.
Nov 6 - 6:02 PM

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said that a position change for Yoan Moncada is something the front office and coaching staff has discussed.

Hahn also said that Moncada is open to the idea of playing a new position, "but we’re going to wait to see how this offseason plays out before we fully commit to any reconfiguring of the infield." Moncada has some experience at third base and is athletic enough that he should be able to handle center field. He made 21 errors this season at second base and was graded poorly by defensive metrics.
Nov 4 - 3:15 PM

The White Sox have removed Zack Burdi from their AFL roster due to general fatigue.

Burdi made just seven appearances in the minors for the White Sox after he underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his turn ulnar collateral ligament in July of 2017. Considered one of the best relief prospects in baseball, Burdi is expected back for the start of spring training, and if healthy, he has a chance to pitch for the White Sox in 2019.
Nov 1 - 5:00 PM

White Sox acquired LHP Manny Banuelos from the Dodgers for 1B Justin Yurchak.

Banuelos, a former top prospect in the Yankees' system, posted a 3.73 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 127/42 K/BB ratio in 108 2/3 innings (18 starts, 13 relief appearances) this past season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 27-year-old southpaw has logged only 26 1/3 career innings at the major league -- all with the Braves back in 2015.
Nov 1 - 2:36 PM

White Sox activated RHP Miguel Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list.

Gonzalez underwent major surgery on his right shoulder in July and will likely be sidelined for most of the 2019 season. He's a free agent this offseason and will likely have to wait until his rehab is complete before signing with a new team.
Oct 30 - 8:46 AM

White Sox activated RHP Michael Kopech from the 60-day disabled list.

The move puts Kopech back on the 40-man roster. The highly-touted right-hander unfortunately required Tommy John surgery in September and will be in rehab mode all of next season.
Oct 29 - 4:00 PM

White Sox declined the $16 million club option on RHP James Shields for 2019.

He'll receive a $2 million buyout and hit free agency. It's a no-brainer move after Shields put up a 4.53 ERA (93 ERA+) with 34 homers allowed in 204 2/3 innings this past season.
Oct 29 - 3:59 PM

White Sox exercised their $4.65 million club option on RHP Nate Jones for 2019.

Jones missed a bunch of time this season with a pronator muscle strain in his right arm while posting a 3.00 ERA with five saves and a 32/15 K/BB ratio over 30 innings. If healthy, he's a potential bargain at this price. And also makes for a useful trade chip, as his contract includes a club option for 2020, as well.
Oct 29 - 3:56 PM

Rob Scahill has elected free agency.

He declined an outright assignment by the White Sox. Scahill holds a 3.85 ERA with 99 strikeouts over 149 2/3 relief innings across parts of seven major league seasons.
Oct 26 - 3:02 PM

White Sox sent OF Ryan LaMarre outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

He's now off the 40-man roster. LaMarre hit .279/.322/.382 with two homers over 180 plate appearances for the Twins and White Sox this season.
Oct 26 - 3:00 PM

Danny Farquhar has elected free agency.

He was outrighted off the White Sox' 40-man roster and decided to test out the free agent waters. Farquhar is still working his way back from a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm, although he resumed throwing a few months ago and hopes to pitch in 2019.
Oct 26 - 2:58 PM

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Matt Davidson will train this winter in hopes of becoming a two-way player next season.

The White Sox have given Davidson their blessing and will track his progress throughout the offseason. Davidson made three scoreless appearances for the White Sox this season, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two. It was the first time he's done any pitching since high school, so who knows how his arm will react as he takes pitching more seriously. Levine writes that Davidson "doesn't expect to be used in a high-leverage moment, but he wants to be a legitimate option on a regular basis."
Oct 19 - 2:32 PM

Luis Robert was removed from Friday's Arizona Fall League game with a possible leg injury.

Robert suffered the injury while running out a fielder's choice in the seventh inning. The White Sox' fourth ranked prospect was able to walk off the field under his own power with the training staff by his side. Expect the team to provide an update on his status when one becomes available.
Oct 12 - 7:01 PM


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