Anthony Ranaudo signed with Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization. The White Sox released him last week.
Former Chicago White Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo has found a new home. After being released from the team, the right hander signed with the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization. He will earn a little over $1 million as part of his deal.
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The Sox acquired him from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Matt Ball in May. Ranaudo was once a top prospect with the Boston Red Sox. He only made seven appearances for the White Sox and was 0-1 with an 8.46 ERA. He had better luck in the minors posting a 6-5 record with a 3.35 ERA.
This doesn’t seem to be a significant loss for the Sox. Ranaudo was young but probably not a viable option in the rotation. He seemed to struggle when he was up at the big-league level. Surely they can find some better options either internally or in free agency. With Carson Fulmer on his way to the rotation, it’s likely there wouldn’t have been room for him anyways. Had he been effective, it would have been a different story.
Ranaudo’s departure isn’t really a surprise. The team didn’t give up much for him, so he won’t be a huge loss. He did have value as someone who could pitch out of the bullpen or start. He saw a lot of action when Carlos Rodon and Miguel Gonzalez were out with injuries. There may still be hope for him in the majors. He may have struggled but there’s no telling he may improve given some time. Ranaudo doesn’t have a ton of MLB experience. It’s possible pitching a year in Korea will help him and then he can return to pursue his major league career.