Chicago White Sox: Transactions

Sox designate LHP Downs for assignment

June, 26, 2014
Jun 26
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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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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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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
May 4
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By ESPNChicago.com
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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
Apr 25
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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
Mar 26
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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.

White Sox make five roster moves

March, 23, 2014
Mar 23
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The Chicago White Sox trimmed their roster down to 33 before Sunday’s game, making five roster moves.

Outfielder Jordan Danks, third baseman Matt Davidson and pitcher Jake Petricka were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte while pitcher Dylan Axelrod was reassigned to minor league camp.

The Sox also placed pitcher Randall Boggs on waivers for the purpose of granting him an unconditional release.

The Sox’s major league camp now has 14 pitchers, three catchers, 11 infielders and five outfielders.

White Sox make three more moves

March, 14, 2014
Mar 14
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The Chicago White Sox’s major league locker room shrunk by three more players Friday as moves were made in advance of the Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians.

Right-hander Nestor Molina, left-hander Frank De Los Santos and infielder Carlos Sanchez all were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.

The moves leave 44 players in big league camp: 21 pitchers, four catchers, 13 infielders and six catchers.

White Sox claim hard-throwing Cleto

February, 26, 2014
Feb 26
3:26
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox added to the pitching stable Wednesday, claiming right-handed reliever Maikel Cleto off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

The 24-year-old pitched in both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Royals organizations last season making 35 appearances (10 starts). He went 3-5 with a 5.52 ERA and had 89 strikeouts over 91 1/3 innings.

“He’s a big arm, 24-year-old kid, can touch triple digits, can flash, at times, a plus slider, but it’s a bit of a project,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “He’s a little inconsistent with his delivery, at times doesn’t quite know where it’s going and it’s just a matter of trying to clean up a few things.”

To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Jake Elmore was designated for assignment. It isn’t likely that Elmore would make it through the waivers process so the expectation is that he will be traded in the next week to 10 days.

Cleto, who was originally signed as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic by the New York Mets in 2006, will wear uniform No. 39. He is expected in camp on Thursday.

Last season while playing at Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization Cleto was suspended three games for his role in an on-field brawl against Triple-A Albuquerque. A total of 10 players received suspensions. Cleto started the game, allowing eight walks.

“You don’t know about a guy’s makeup for sure until you have him day in and day out, but our guys do a good job on background best they can when you’re evaluating somebody from another organization,” Hahn said. “We certainly don’t, at this time, have any concerns about that.”

D-backs pluck Rodriguez from Sox

January, 10, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Arizona Diamondbacks, obviously well informed of the Chicago White Sox's player-personnel this winter, moved Friday to claim left-hander Santos Rodriguez off waivers.

Maybe that's one of the downfalls of making two deals with a team over a matter of days: a club can get to know a lot about your assets.

The White Sox first acquired center fielder Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks in early December and then acquired third baseman Matt Davidson from Arizona a week later.

Rodriguez was designated for assignment last week when the White Sox made the signing of left-handed reliever Scott Downs official. To keep Rodriguez the White Sox first had to slip him through waivers, but were unsuccessful.

Rodriguez pitched as high as Triple-A Charlotte in each of the past two seasons. He made 18 relief appearances with the Knights last season, posting a 7.30 ERA after posting a 2.35 mark in 15 appearances at Double-A Birmingham.

The 26-year-old Santos was signed as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic by the Atlanta Braves in 2006 and was acquired by the White Sox in 2008, arriving with Tyler Flowers and Brent Lillibridge. The trade cost the White Sox both Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan.

Sox announce signing of LHP Downs

January, 2, 2014
Jan 2
1:56
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By ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox announced Thursday the signing of left-handed reliever Scott Downs to a one-year, $4 million deal.

Downs will receive $3.75 million in 2014, while the White Sox hold a $4.25 million option for 2015 with a $250,000 buyout.

Downs was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 68 games last season for the Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves. The 37-year-old left-hander is 38-36 with a 3.48 ERA over 564 career appearances.

Sox lose 3B Morel, claim LHP Surkamp

December, 23, 2013
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While the Chicago White Sox lost an infielder Monday, they were able to pick up a left-handed pitcher.

Third baseman Brent Morel was picked up off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, but the White Sox were able to add left-hander Eric Surkamp on a waiver claim from the San Francisco Giants.

Surkamp posted a 2.80 ERA in 16 starts between Class A San Jose and Triple-A Fresno in 2013 after returning from ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery in 2012. He made one start for the Giants in August. Since the start of the 2011 season, he has gone 2-3 with a 7.36 ERA in seven major league starts.

One season before he was injured, Surkamp was 11-4 with a 1.94 ERA in 24 appearances (23 starts) between the Class A and Double-A levels.

A native of Cincinnati, the 26-year-old was a sixth-round draft pick by the Giants in 2008 out of North Carolina State.

Morel has played sparingly on the major league level the past two seasons after getting a crack at the starting third-base job with the White Sox in 2011. He batted .245 with a .366 slugging percentage in 413 at-bats in 2011, with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Limited by a back issue that first surfaced in 2012, Morel batted .181 with a .196 slugging percentage in 138 at-bats for the White Sox the past two seasons.

White Sox add utility man Elmore

November, 20, 2013
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CHICAGO -- With the Rule 5 draft approaching, the Chicago White Sox made three moves Wednesday, claiming utility man Jake Elmore from the Houston Astros, while adding Carlos Sanchez and Trayce Thompson to the 40-man roster.

The annual Rule 5 draft, which is the final event of the winter meetings each year, allows players who have been in an organization for five years and are not protected on the 40-man roster to get a fresh start if they are selected by a team.

Sanchez, 21, and Thompson, 22, were both acquired by the White Sox in 2009 so both would have been available to other clubs if they were not on the 40-man roster.

The 26-year-old Elmore, who played all nine positions with the Astros last season, was a Pacific Coast League All-Star in 2010 when he batted .344 with 95 runs scored and a .442 on-base percentage. Known for a keen eye at the plate, he has batted .233 over 82 career major league games with the Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Typically a middle infielder, Elmore’s presence makes it possible for the White Sox to consider trading Jeff Keppinger in any deals that arise this offseason.

Sanchez and Thompson are both playing for La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Sanchez batted .241 with 50 runs scored in 112 games at Triple-A Charlotte this past season. He entered the year ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the White Sox organization and is the system’s best hitter for average and defensive infielder.

Thompson, a second-round draft pick in 2009, hit just .229 at Double-A Birmingham this past season, but was tied for third in the Southern League in runs scored (78) and was fourth in RBIs (73). He is the son of former NBA veteran Mychal Thompson and brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson. Trayce Thompson entered 2013 as the White Sox’s No. 2 overall prospect, according to Baseball America.

The White Sox’s 40-man roster is now at 39 players.

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