White Sox trade veteran left-handed reliever to Rays for first base prospect, brother of former South Side third baseman.
The Chicago White Sox continued its midseason purge of valuable trade assets as they traded left-handed relief pitcher Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The White Sox received switch-hitting first base prospect Casey Gillaspie in exchange for Jennings.
Jennings was 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA through 44.1 innings pitched this season with the Sox. The 30-year-old pitcher was in his third season with the Sox and has been a serviceable reliever out of the bullpen on the South Side. In 2016, Jennings was 4-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 60.2 innings pitched for the Sox in relief.
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While the Sox bullpen will take another hit with the loss of Jennings and Anthony Swarzak being traded earlier this week, they receive more depth for their farm system with this trade. The Sox get a 24-year-old switch hitting first baseman in Gillaspie.
Gillaspie, the younger brother of former White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie was the Rays tenth ranked prospect according to mlbpipeline.com. The first baseman was hitting .227/.296/.357 this season with Triple-A Durham. Gillaspie was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft by the Rays with the 20th overall pick.
With the Sox trading Jennings, they promoted Aaron Bummer from Triple-A Charlotte to take his roster spot. This will be Bummer’s first taste of the majors. The 2014 19th round draft pick is 1-5 with a 3.31 ERA this season between Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.