White Sox Acquire Jose Rondon from San Diego Padres


The White Sox acquired Jose Rondon from San Diego for cash considerations. Their 40-man roster is now full.

The Chicago White Sox made a trade. But it wasn’t for Manny Machado or Christian Yelich. Instead, the Sox acquired infielder Jose Rondon from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations. Rondon, 23, was designated for assignment on Saturday. The trade also fills the 40-man roster.

The right hander has only played eight games in the majors and that was in 2016. However, he has seven years of minor-league experience. He’s by no means a flashy name or top prospect, but someone who could be a utility option for Rick Renteria.

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Rondon batted .293 in the minors last season. He most notably was a Texas League All-Star in 2016 and was a part of the 2014 Futures Game. That obviously hasn’t translated to success on the field but he does have age on his side. The White Sox must be hopeful he can develop into a productive MLB player in the future. If he doesn’t, they didn’t give up much. Just some cash.

The White Sox must see something in Rondon if they were willing to trade for him. They probably view him as someone with potential. Perhaps he just needed a change of scenery. Again, it’s not like they got a future superstar. Rondon will need to develop a lot, especially at the plate, if he wants to be an everyday player.

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It’s nice to see Rick Hahn being active. It would be easy for him to just stand pat and let his guys develop. He’s shown a willingness to be open and continue upgrading the roster. He won’t be content until this team in competing for championships. He’s taking some risks along the way by flirting with the idea of acquiring Machado and Yelich. That shows he understands baseball and knows this team may need a superstar or two to really get over the hump.