Chicago White Sox trade catcher Mike Marjama


Mar 10, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A look at the Chicago White Sox on deck batting equipment before the spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox traded a catcher in the organization in late January, in Advanced Class-A catcher Mike Marjama to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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The under-the-radar trade by the White Sox and Rays saw Marjama go to the Rays for cash on Jan. 23.

Chicago originally obtained the rights of Marjama in the 23rd round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft from California State University.

During his four seasons with the White Sox organization, Marjama played for the Bristol White Sox, Great Falls Voyagers, Kannapolis Intimidators and Winston-Salem Dash.

Those seasons saw the right-handed catcher play in 223 games where he built a .270 batting average, with a .307 on-base percentage and .376 slugging percentage.

Also while with the White Sox organization, Marjama collected 11 home runs, 45 doubles, five triples and 87 RBIs. He had 136 strikeouts in 830 at-bats.

When Marjama was drafted by the White Sox, wrote the following on the catcher:

"“This is the fourth catcher the Sox have drafted. Hit .290/.329/.378 as a junior after two years at JuCo. BA (Baseball America) rates him as the No. 99 prospect in Southern California.”"

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The only catcher listed now on the Dash roster is Omar Narvaez, who originally was signed by the Rays as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. He became a member of the White Sox organization in 2014, playing for the Dash and Intimidators.

Since this trade for cash with the Rays, the only other transactions made by the White Sox was signing free agent second baseman Gordon Beckham to a one-year deal, then designating right fielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment on Jan. 28.

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