White Sox add minor league depth by acquiring pitcher from Seattle Mariners in exchange for International signing bonus pool money.
The Chicago White Sox announced a trade on Thursday as they acquired pitching prospect Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners. The Sox sent an undisclosed amount of international slot money to the Mariners in exchange for Vieira.
Vieira, the Mariners eighth ranked prospect has pitched professionally since 2011. He made his major league debut for Seattle this past season and pitched one scoreless inning of relief. With Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma in 2017, Vieira went 2-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 41 relief appearances.
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The 24-year-old right hander was signed out of Brazil in 2010, and has an 80 scouting grade on his fastball according to mlbpipeline.com. According to his scouting report form MLB Pipeline, Vierra had the best fastball among Mariners prospects and it sat consistently at 97-100 mph.
The Sox have a lot of pitching depth in the minors currently, but Vieira could find himself on the major league roster next year if he has a good Spring Training. Vieirra could also be a candidate to close games in the future for the Sox. This could be helpful for the Sox as they don’t have many internal candidates for closer going into 2018.
Rick Hahn continues to add depth for the Sox. By trading for Vieira, the Sox have another prospect that could help this team in the immediate future. The Sox are expected to have a quiet offseason but they will continue to work on making this team better equipped for sustained success. Not every important trade has to involve a marquee player.