Sep 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A pile of official major league baseballs prior to a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
In a move that wasn’t all that big for the Chicago White Sox, they lost the rights to pitcher Taylor Thompson, as the Oakland Athletics signed Thompson off waivers.
In an article on MLB Trade Rumors is says of Thompson:
"“A former 44th-round draft pick, he pitched well at Triple-A this season, posting a 2.14 ERA with 10.4 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 59 innings of relief.”"
I can see why the White Sox didn’t secure Thompson and put him on waivers, because he is a 27-year old right-hander who spent his career in the minors since 2009, not making his MLB debut until this past season.
In ’14 he played in just five games, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and four walks in what amounted to 5.1 innings. His ERA with the White Sox was 10.13, as he faced a total of 28 batters.
I’m still undecided on if letting go of Thompson was a good or bad thing for the franchise, because did they really give him enough of a chance to excel in the majors? Another thought is after all the years in the minors, did the White Sox feel like they knew what they had with Thompson and just decided to part ways and see if a team would take him off the waivers.
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My guess is the latter, knowing some team would take a chance on Thompson, and see if they were able to make a MLB reliever out of him.
Thompson’s WAR (wins above replacement) was -0.2.
The White Sox drafted Thompson twice, once in ’08 in the 25th round, which he didn’t sign, and again in ’09 in the 44th round when he signed on Aug. 2, 2009.
It will be interesting to see what Thompson is able to achieve in Oakland.