White Sox: Michael Ynoa DFA’d, David Robertson Reinstated

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 22: Relief pitcher Michael Ynoa
PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 22: Relief pitcher Michael Ynoa /

The White Sox designated Michael Ynoa for assignment. That allows David Robertson to come off the paternity list.

The Chicago White Sox made a pair of roster moves on Thursday. First, they designated right hander Michael Ynoa for assignment. Second, they reinstated David Robertson. Robertson had been on the paternity list since this past Monday. The team gets its closer back and Ynoa can go to the minors to try and sort himself out.

Ynoa signed with Oakland in 2008 for a record $4.25 million. He was one of the best prospects to come out of the Dominican Republic at the time. Ynoa was once a top 100 prospect but things just didn’t pan out. He made his MLB debut with the White Sox last season and had a respectable 3.00 ERA. This season was a different story. In 29 innings, the 25-year-old has a 5.90 ERA.

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Ynoa is young, so we shouldn’t give up on him yet. If someone had to be sent down, it should be him. Out of the guys in the bullpen, he wasn’t pulling his weight. Robertson is back, so a move had to be made. Hopefully the youngster can work his way back to the minors. He showed some promise last season. Maybe he just needs to sort some things out.

Ynoa’s velocity has gone down, so that could be a reason for his struggles. I don’t think the White Sox are ready to give up on him yet.

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Robertson on the other hand is off to a great start. He has pitched really well. And it looks like he may end up as trade bait. The Nationals have been constantly connected to him throughout the season, especially with their bullpen woes. But nothing has materialized. If Robertson continues performing well, Rick Hahn should have no problem moving him before the trade deadline.