- Doug Padilla, Chicago White Sox beat reporter
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GENDALE, Ariz. -- In what essentially turns out to be a trade, the Chicago White Sox lost minor league first baseman Andy Wilkins to a waiver claim by the Toronto Blue Jays two days after the White Sox claimed pitcher Kyle Drabek from Toronto.
With the White Sox needing room on their 40-man roster for potential additions such as Micah Johnson and Geovany Soto, the move to take Wilkins off the 40-man roster and try to slip him through waivers was not unexpected.
In fact, the Wilkins move was anticipated the moment the White Sox acquired infielder Neftali Soto a week ago in exchange for cash from the Cincinnati Reds.
The Wilkins-Drabek exchange via the waiver wire gives the two moves a trade feel. Drabek threw a bullpen session for White Sox coaches Sunday and is expected to make the Opening Day roster as a reliever.
Wilkins parlayed a monster season at Triple-A Charlotte last year into a September call-up. He hit an International league-leading 30 home runs for the Knights with 85 RBIs. He played in 17 games for the White Sox in September, collecting six hits with two RBIs.
The White Sox and Blue Jays swapped waiver claims with pitcher Kyle Drabek joining Chicago and Andy Wilkins off to Toronto