Sep 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll (67) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
In the grand scheme of what the White Sox are trying to accomplish for next season and other future seasons, this decision isn’t that big of a surprise.
Sep 17, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Scott Snodgress (68) delves a pitch in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
"“Carroll, 30, went 5-10 with a 4.80 ERA (69 ER/129.1 IP) over 26 appearances (19 starts) with the White Sox last season, his first in the major leagues. He was 3-1 with a 1.57 mark (4 ER/23.0 IP) in four starts with Class AAA Charlotte before having his contract purchased on April 27.”"
With this move on Tuesday evening, Snodgress is also no longer on the 40-man roster, as it is currently at 39.
The press release said of the left-handed Snodgress:
"“Snodgress, 25, spent most of the 2014 season in the White Sox minor-league system, going 6-7 with a 3.89 ERA (53 ER/122.2 IP) over 21 starts between Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham. He also made his major-league debut with the Sox last season, allowing seven runs (four earned) in 2.1 IP over four relief appearances in September.”"
The White Sox might have at least one new face in their bullpen next season in the recently signed Zach Duke.
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Nothing against either of these pitchers (I was rooting for Carroll this past season), but the White Sox needed to make these two moves, and I have a feeling there might be more changes from last year’s lineup to come before the start of spring training.
With their free agent signings of Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, LaRoche and Duke the past two offseasons, it does seem like the White Sox are about to begin a “win-now” type of philosophy, while possibly grooming some younger players in the process.
Plus, there are No. 1 and No. 2 prospects Carlos Rodon (LHP) and Tim Anderson (2B/SS) and even Carlos Sanchez in the mix to earn not just a spot on the MLB roster, but starting roles as soon as next season.
If the White Sox are able to trade for Jeff Samardzija sometime this offseason, then we really know the plan is to win now.
What are your current thoughts on these two roster moves, and what else would you like to see the White Sox do to their bullpen before the start of next season?