Chicago White Sox: Transactions

Bonifacio deal official; Jordan Danks designated

January, 8, 2015
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CHICAGO -- While making the free-agent signing of free agent utility man Emilio Bonifacio official, the Chicago White Sox also announced Thursday that outfielder Jordan Danks was designated for assignment.

The club needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Bonifacio, and Danks ended up being the odd man out.

Bonifacio was added on a one-year, $4 million deal. He will make $3 million in 2015, with a $4 million club option for 2016. There is a $1 million buyout on the 2016 option.

The versatile Bonifacio was one of only 10 position players to see time at seven or more positions, including designated hitter, during the 2014 season. He got off to a hot start last season with the Chicago Cubs, batting .313 in April, and finished the season batting .259 with 47 runs scored and 26 steals combined between the Cubs and Atlanta Braves.

“Emilio brings an excellent mix of versatility, speed and experience to our club which will provide (manager) Robin (Ventura) with additional flexibility with the roster this year,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a release. “We expect Emilio’s ability to switch hit, help at multiple positions and steal a base to be very beneficial to us.”

Bonifacio looks to be lined up as the club’s fourth outfielder behind Melky Cabrera, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia, although Dayan Viciedo still is with the club. Bonifacio can also back up at shortstop and be an insurance policy at second base in case the move to either Carlos Sanchez or Micah Johnson doesn’t pan out immediately.

Danks, the younger brother of White Sox pitcher John Danks, has appeared in 180 games over three seasons with the White Sox. The former seventh-round draft pick has a .227 batting average in the major leagues with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 41 runs scored.

White Sox add another catcher, claim Brantly

December, 8, 2014
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SAN DIEGO – The Chicago White Sox are creating a logjam at the catching position, adding a fifth to their 40-man roster Monday when they claimed Rob Brantly off waivers from the Miami Marlins.

Tyler Flowers, Adrian Nieto, Josh Phegley and Kevan Smith are also on the 40-man roster. While Flowers has started the most games over the past two seasons, the position isn’t as solidified as when A.J. Pierzynski was the club’s catcher for eight seasons, a run that ended after the 2012 season.

Despite what is perceived as lackluster play behind the plate, the White Sox did have the fourth best slugging percentage from their catchers in the American League this past season with a .395 mark. Their OPS was sixth at .688.

Brantly, 25, batted .255 with four home runs and 37 RBIs in 101 games with Triple-A New Orleans in 2014. The left-handed hitter has 98 games of experience at the major league level with the Marlins from 2012-13, batting a combined .235 with four home runs and 26 RBIs. He was the Marlins’ Opening Day catcher in 2013.

He is a former third-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers in 2010 out of UC Riverside.

White Sox shun risk with proven additions

November, 21, 2014
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Adam LaRoche Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY SportsWith a track record as a run-producer, Adam LaRoche isn't quite the gamble Jose Abreu was.

CHICAGO – If last winter was about taking chances on unproven commodities such as Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton, the Chicago White Sox have gone with proven options as their roster rebuild continues this offseason.

This week alone, the White Sox have added veterans in left-handed reliever Zach Duke and left-handed-hitting run-producer Adam LaRoche, with a number of other holes left to fill. Sources confirmed to ESPN.com on Friday that LaRoche has agreed to a two-year, $25 million deal.

It's clear the club must continue to address its bullpen situation. The White Sox also desire a right-handed starter and an outfielder who potentially could take over in left.

So far, general manager Rick Hahn has filled two major needs in solid fashion and hasn't broken the bank to do it. LaRoche will average $12.5 million over his two-year deal, and Duke will make $4.5 million in 2015, with slight raises in each of the following two seasons.

Not only does Hahn still have more money to spend, but trades remain a possibility to fill needs over the next four weeks, which is usually the prime time frame for making deals. Baseball's winter meetings are set for Dec. 8-11.

It was during last year's winter meetings that Hahn pulled off the trade for center fielder Eaton. The biggest piece the White Sox gave up in that deal was left-hander Hector Santiago, who was in and out of the Los Angeles Angels' rotation last season.

By this time in 2013, Hahn already had slugging first baseman Abreu in the fold. The six-year, $68 million deal to land the Cuban standout was considered risky at the time, but it's now looking like a steal after the disciplined power hitter was the first rookie in major league history to finish in the top five in all three Triple Crown categories.

With a farm system that had been much maligned in the recent past, Hahn now has the option of plugging some holes in next year's roster with highly regarded prospects. The second-base job could end up going to the speedy Micah Johnson, and first-round draft pick Carlos Rodon could end up helping the team out of the bullpen next year before he takes a spot in the rotation down the road.

While the White Sox are not believed to be shopping shortstop Alexei Ramirez to other teams, they have received inquiries on the 2014 All-Star. That kind of a deal doesn't figure to go down, though, unless the White Sox can receive, at bare minimum, a solid defensive shortstop to go along with either a late-inning reliever, a left fielder or a potential starter.

Trading Ramirez for top prospects seems less likely, since they have so many needs at the major-league level and the club has shown with the additions of Duke and LaRoche that it believes it can win sooner rather than later.

There remains a sense the White Sox can get at least one more key deal done before the winter meetings begin, if not more. Just this week club executive vice president Kenny Williams was sounding optimistic.

"I really cannot remember a time where so many good players have been discussed at the general managers' meetings leading up to the winter meetings," Williams said. "I think it's going to be awfully fun once the winter meetings kick off. You're going to have some scrambling going on and I like it like that.

"If it was left up to Rick and me, we'd have started in September and October filling out the roster, but agents and players don't seem to be on our timetable, they seem to be on their own timetable."

Sox moves include parting ways with Belisario

November, 20, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Parting ways with reliever Ronald Belisario was one of seven moves the Chicago White Sox made Thursday.

The club also added four players to the 40-man roster: right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas, infielders Rangel Ravelo and Tyler Saldano and catcher Kevan Smith. Outfielder Jared Mitchell was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte, while left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The move to designate Belisario for assignment comes as no surprise as the right-hander had a 5.56 ERA over 66 1/3 innings. Signed to a $3 million deal for 2014, the right-hander was late to spring training because of his reoccurring visa issues, started the season in impressive fashion, but then crumbled when he was put in the closer role after an injury to Matt Lindstrom.

Belisario remains arbitration eligible for 2015, but he is now headed for free agency for the second consecutive season after the Los Angeles Dodgers cut him loose after the 2013 season.

Montas has become one of the standouts of the White Sox’s system after coming to the club in the 2013 three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox and brought Avisail Garcia over from the Detroit Tigers.

Baseball America ranked Montas’ fastball the best in the Carolina League as the 21-year old went a combined 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA, 80 strikeouts and a .182 opponents’ batting average over three different minor-league levels.

Ravelo, a sixth-round draft pick by the White Sox in 2001 was rated by Baseball America as the 10th-best prospect in the club’s system. Saldano, who batted .310 over 82 games for Triple-A Charlotte last season saw his season end early after elbow surgery. Smith, a former seventh-round draft pick in 2011 was a Southern League midseason all-star last season.

Garcia is a Cuba native, who was a third-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2012. He appeared in three major league games in 2013 after just 36 games in the minor leagues. He had elbow surgery in November of 2013 and appeared in one minor league game last year.

The White Sox’s 40-man roster is now at 40 players.

A's claim White Sox's Thompson

November, 4, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Right-handed pitcher Taylor Thompson, who made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox this past season, was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Oakland Athletics.

Thompson pitched in five games out of the bullpen with the White Sox in 2014, making his debut on July 20 with a scoreless 1 2/3 innings against the Houston Astros. His final outing with the club came Aug. 3 when he gave up three runs in an inning against the Minnesota Twins. He finished his short stint with a 10.13 ERA over 5 1/3 innings.

Thompson was a former 44th-round draft pick by the White Sox in 2009 out of Auburn. He has a 2.55 ERA in 279 minor league innings over six seasons.

With the move, the White Sox’s 40-man roster is at 36.

White Sox claim Shuck from Indians

November, 3, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox added an outfield option Monday when they claimed J.B. Shuck off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.

In other housekeeping news, the team also reinstated reliever Nate Jones from the 60-day disabled list.

Shuck spent most of last season at Triple-A in the Los Angeles Angels organization before being traded to the Indians for cash considerations in September. He had been designated for assignment by the Angels before the trade.

In 38 total games this past season, Shuck had 16 hits in 110 at-bats (.145), with a pair of home runs. He did bat .320 in 102 minor league games with five home runs and 57 RBIs.

In 2013, Shuck earned a handful of American League Rookie of the Year votes when he batted .293 in 129 games and scored 60 runs while hitting two home runs with 39 RBIs. He is primarily a corner outfielder, having spent the majority of his time in the major leagues in left field.

The 27-year-old Ohio State alum is a former sixth-round draft pick in 2008 by the Houston Astros.

Jones, who missed all but two games last season because of back surgery, as well as a Tommy John procedure, isn’t expected to return to action until the middle of the 2015 season at the earliest.

The White Sox’s 40-man roster is at 37 players.

Royals claim White Sox OF Moises Sierra

October, 24, 2014
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CHICAGO – The Kansas City Royals haven’t been too busy with the World Series to look toward the future, claiming outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers Friday from the Chicago White Sox.

A portion of the Royals’ success this season can be credited to a solid defense, particularly in the outfield. Sierra’s strengths are his outfield range and throwing arm, both of which helped to earn him playing time with the White Sox this past season.

The White Sox themselves claimed Sierra off waivers, from the Toronto Blue Jays in early May. He played in 83 games for Chicago, batting .276, well above his career .243 clip. He hit two home runs with seven RBIs.

In other outfield news, the White Sox outrighted Michael Taylor, making him a minor-league free agent.

The White Sox’s 40-man roster now is at 37.

Sox designate LHP Downs for assignment

June, 26, 2014
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The Chicago White Sox designated veteran reliever Scott Downs for assignment on Thursday.

The 38-year-old left-hander has a 6.08 ERA in 38 games this season. He allowed two runs without recording an out in his last two appearances against the Baltimore Orioles. In January the Sox signed Downs to a one-year contract for $3.75 million with a team option for 2015.

Left-hander Eric Surkamp was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take Downs' spot. Surkamp has a 4.54 ERA in 14 games, including 11 starts, with Charlotte.

Keppinger cut shows Sox mean business

May, 14, 2014
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Jeff KeppingerKelvin Kuo/USA TODAY SportsJeff Keppinger didn't live up to the expections the Sox had when they signed him before the 2012 season.
Hungry to continue their roster rebuild, the Chicago White Sox elected to eat some salary with Wednesday’s decision to designate Jeff Keppinger for assignment.

Talk about your changes in company policy.

When the White Sox were in sell-off mode last season, a big priority in making deals was finding trade partners who were willing to take most, if not all, of a player’s entire salary in a deal. With the Jake Peavy and Alex Rios deals, not to mention the Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton trades, the White Sox shed some $37 million-plus in future earnings, making that savings as attractive as the players who were being acquired.

What Wednesday’s move seems to signify is that guaranteed at-bats for infielders like Conor Gillaspie, Marcus Semien, and even Gordon Beckham, are worth the estimated $7.5 million the White Sox are set to pay Keppinger through the 2015 season.

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Sierra added to active roster

May, 4, 2014
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CLEVELAND -- The Chicago White Sox added Moises Sierra to the active roster before Sunday's game vs the Cleveland Indians and sent Conor Gillaspie to Triple-A Charlotte on an injury rehabilitation assignment.

Sierra, a 25-year-old outfielder, was claimed off waivers from Toronto on Saturday and takes the roster spot of pitcher Frank De Los Santos, who was optioned to Charlotte Saturday night. Sierra was designated for assignment on May 1 after going 2-for-34 (.059) in 34 games with the Blue Jays this season. He batted .290 (31-107) with 13 RBI and 11 runs scored in 35 games with Toronto in 2013.

After pounding Noesi, Sox claim him

April, 25, 2014
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CHICAGO -- In their unrelenting effort to find pitching help, the Chicago White Sox claimed right-hander Hector Noesi off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

Interestingly enough, it was the White Sox, who contributed to Noesi getting designated for assignment on Tuesday. The White Sox torched him for seven runs in one inning Sunday, as the Rangers were determined to not go any further into their bullpen during a blowout defeat.

The 27-year-old has also pitched for the Seattle Mariners this season, posting a combined 14.21 ERA over five relief outings with six strikeouts. In two outings with the Rangers, before he faced the White Sox, he had 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

Noesi was traded from the Mariners to the Rangers for cash considerations on April 12. He has a 5.81 career ERA over four big league seasons (69 games).

He started 18 games for the Mariners in 2012, going 2-12 with a 5.82 ERA and made 13 minor-league starts last season in the minor leagues.

There was no early indication on how the White Sox plan to use the native of the Dominican Republic, who was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees in 2004.

The White Sox need a starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, but Noesi isn't expected to be in consideration for that spot since his pitch totals are not stretched out.

Rienzo called up, Paulino to DL

April, 19, 2014
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CHICAGO – A day after Felipe Paulino was crushed by the Texas Rangers, the Chicago White Sox right-hander was put on the 15-day disabled list and Andre Rienzo was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

Paulino has struggled in four starts with the White Sox, with none worse than Friday's when he gave up 10 runs on 13 hits in 3 2/3 innings. The team says he has rotator cuff inflammation.

Paulino has struggled with injuries in recent years, but the White Sox still committed $1.75 million to him for this season. As a member of the Kansas City Royals in 2012, Paulino had Tommy John surgery at midseason, and last year he developed shoulder issues during his rehabilitation that required an arthroscopic procedure.

Rienzo is expected to slide into Paulino’s spot in the rotation starting next week at Detroit. The right-hander made 10 starts with the White Sox last season, going 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA. He struggled with his command at times last season and those issues appeared to continue this year at Charlotte, where he had a 4.83 ERA over his first three starts.

In other pitching news, left-hander Donnie Veal was outrighted to Charlotte. He was designated for assignment Thursday after posting a 7.50 ERA with the White Sox this season.

Sox call up Putnam, designate Veal

April, 17, 2014
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CHICAGO -- After a 14-nning game that put a major strain on the bullpen, the Chicago White Sox purchased the contract of right-hander Zach Putnam from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday and designated left-hander Donnie Veal for assignment.

Putnam, 26, has 15 games of major league experience, most recently the five games he pitched in relief for the Chicago Cubs last season. In six relief innings at Charlotte this season he had 11 strikeouts.

Veal made seven relief appearances for the White Sox this season, posting a 7.50 ERA. He walked seven batters in just six innings.

The White Sox will need to pick up innings for right-hander Daniel Webb, who could be down for as many as two games after throwing 59 pitches over three innings in Wednesday's defeat to the Boston Red Sox.

Boggs returns, Poveda traded

March, 30, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox made two minor moves Sunday in preparation for the start of the season, signing reliever Mitchell Boggs to a minor league deal and trading right-hander Omar Poveda to the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Boggs was signed by the White Sox to a one-year, $1.1 million deal this offseason but struggled in spring training and was released. He is back in the fold, and expected to be headed to Triple-A Charlotte, but the White Sox did not make that official.

Poveda was signed as a free agent by the White Sox in December. Prior to that, the 26-year-old right-hander pitched in the Atlanta Braves organization. He made just two Cactus League appearances with the White Sox this spring, posting a 15.00 ERA over three innings.

White Sox claim Guerra off waivers

March, 26, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox filled another hole in their bullpen Wednesday by claiming right-hander Javy Guerra off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The reliever, who has some experience as a closer, spent most of last season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he posted a 3.66 ERA over 27 games, while recording 12 saves. He had shoulder surgery in November 2011 and dealt with a groin strain during spring training last year. During a brief nine-game stint with the Dodgers last season he had a 6.75 ERA.

This spring, the 28-year-old had a 2.25 ERA.

In 2011, Guerra took a turn as the Dodgers closer, saving 21 games in his rookie season with a 2.31 ERA. A year later he had a 2.60 ERA for the Dodgers and eight saves. Over his three big league seasons he has a 2.90 ERA.

The native of Denton, Texas was a fourth-round draft pick in 2004. A White Sox bullpen spot became available this past weekend when Mitchell Boggs was released after struggling during Cactus League games.

It isn’t out of the question that the White Sox could use Guerra at closer. That spot opened up when Addison Reed was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks this winter. Matt Lindstrom and Nate Jones were expected to battle for the closer role this spring, and while the competition continues, they were each slowed by early minor injuries.

Guerra is out of minor league options, so he is expected to make the Opening Day roster. With the move, the White Sox’s 40-man roster is at a full 40 players.

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