White Sox clear space on roster by moving four players
In a quiet, early, post-season move, the White Sox cleared out four spaces on the 40-man roster.
This White Sox move wasn’t totally unexpected as most of the players weren’t major contributors during the 2018 season.
One of the players was snapped up by another team and three of them were outrighted after clearing waivers. The three who were outrighted will remain with the organization, moving from Chicago to Triple-A Charlotte. This news was reported by Madeline Kenney with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Kevan Smith, who has been in the White Sox organization since he was drafted by the team in 2011, will now play for the Los Angeles Angels who claimed him off of waivers. Smith played with the Sox in 132 games in three seasons. In those seasons, he combined to hit a slash of .281/.318/.376 with seven home runs and 51 RBI.
The other players involved in the roster clearing include Danny Farquhar, Ryan LaMarre, and Rob Scahill.
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Farquhar joined the White Sox in July 2017 after the Tampa Bay Rays released him. That season, he pitched 14.1 innings for the Sox and posted an ERA of 4.40 with a WHIP of 1.186. In 2018, he pitched eight innings, but suffered a brain aneurysm in the dugout after pitching to four batters in late April. He returned to Guaranteed Rate Field to throw out the first pitch later in the season, but he never returned to the team.
LaMarre has played with five teams in four seasons. The Sox claimed him off of waivers after the Twins released him in July 2018. He played in 33 games with the Sox, putting up a slash of .303/.324/.485 with two home runs. Prior to joining the Sox, he played in 43 games with a slash of .263/.321/.313. Rick Renteria used him most frequently in left field. LaMarre is one of those rare baseball players who bats from the right, but throws with his left hand.
Scahill is another player who has been all over the MLB. Since 2012, he has pitched for the Rockies, Pirates, Brewers, and White Sox. The 31-year-old right-hander is actually from Winfield, Illinois and has been a fan of the Pale Hose his entire life. The Sox brought him up in September to fill in for the injured Michael Kopech, but he only pitched five innings, posting a 5.40 ERA.
According to Kenney, Rick Hahn said that he plans to “stay in touch with these players and their representatives over the coming months to see if it makes sense for any of them to remain with our organization as we head into the 2019 season.”