The Chicago White Sox are into their offseason and so is the rest of the league. They made a minor league signing on Tuesday which stole some headlines but that came after them selecting two contracts from AAA Charlotte.
The White Sox are selecting the contracts of Bryan Ramos and Jose Rodriguez of the Charlotte Knights which will get them on the 40-man roster. That keeps them from being drafted by other teams during the rule five draft. Following this move, the roster sits at 38.
Both Ramos and Rodriguez are infielders in the White Sox system right now. Ramos is listed as their number five prospect and Rodriguez is currently sitting as their number seven prospect. Both of them could be very well ready for Major League debuts in 2023.
They were the two obvious options for the White Sox to be given this honor as the rule five deadline approached. They don't know for sure what they have in these guys but they certainly don't want to lose them before they can find out. The talent is certainly there with both of these players.
The Chicago White Sox purchased two contracts from AAA Charlotte.
The only thing that can hold them back from Major League playing time right now is the fact that those positions might be blocked. Yoan Moncada is the third baseman right now and Jake Burger is probably ahead of Ramos.
As for Rodriguez, he could get a shot at second base but shortstop is taken by Tim Anderson. The White Sox are also trying to be an American League contender so they aren't just handing out jobs to people to see how they do. As a result, AAA is the likely landing spot for both of them to start 2023.
The good news is that the White Sox will get to keep them in the organization so that they can keep developing. Ramos is 20 and Rodriguez is 21 so there is no doubt that there is a lot of room for growth which could really help the White Sox in the future.
After the 2023 season is over, we should know a lot more about these two players and the players around them both at the MLB level and the AAA level. Hopefully, this works out well for everyone involved.