What did the White Sox get in Michael Taylor trade?
Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Michael Taylor (23) celebrates after hitting a second inning home run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Saturday the Chicago White Sox traded for Oakland Athletics outfielder Michael Taylor. In return the White Sox gave up right-handed pitcher Jake Sanchez.
In an MLB.com article, they wrote on Taylor:
"“Taylor played in only 26 games spanning several stints with the A’s, hitting just .135 with one home run and one RBI. The 28-year-old has racked up 3,053 Minor League at-bats, hitting .289 with 102 homers.”"
Just looking at this trade the White Sox make another low-risk trade with some potential in return, but it is a long shot it seems.
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Looking at the year-by-year stats of Taylor when he is in the Majors that aren’t that great. Last season in nine games he batted .043 with one hit in 23 at-bats. Taylor has not had more than 30 at-bats in any of his three seasons he has played in the Majors, all with the A’s.
Taylor was a fifth round draft choice in 2007 by the Philadelphia Phillies.
So I guess what the White Sox have done here is add a player for depth in the Minors. Taylor probably won’t be in the Majors anytime soon for the White Sox, but with there being very little risk with this trade, who knows, maybe Taylor is a late bloomer and can eventually make it to the Majors for an extended period of time.