White Sox make four roster moves, including an August trade

The White Sox made a flurry of transactions on Wednesday — four moves, all of a different kind. The list includes:

Jose Abreu to the disabled list

Abreu underwent an unspecified outpatient procedure on his lower abdomen/groin at Rush University Medical Center. The Sox said he’ll be able to return to baseball activities in two weeks, so that basically spoils his chances of a fifth straight 100-RBI season, as he’ll need to pick up 22 of them within a few weeks if everything goes well. A fifth consecutive 25-homer season is still within reach.

Some rotation of Matt Davidson, Nicky Delmonico and Daniel Palka will handle the position while he’s away. Palka has minor-league experience there, although he’s got a couple years of rust to knock off.

Jose Rondon recalled

With the nominal corner outfielders being pressed into first-base duties, the White Sox could have called up a real corner outfielder in Eloy Jimenez. However, if they wanted to create a Kopechian event on the South Side, then a short-notice day game isn’t going to cut it.

Instead, the Sox recalled Jose Rondon to handle the potential loss of depth at third base, since Rondon is going to be part of the September plans, anyway. Two fun facts about Rondon: 1) He has more homers (18) than walks (16) at Charlotte, and 2) his Triple-A and MLB lines are virtually identical:

  • Chicago: .245/.288/.490 over 52 PA
  • Charlotte: .249/.290/.495 over 336 PA

He’s back to the majors before Tyler Saladino, who was pressed out of the majors after Milwaukee added Jonathan Schoop and Mike Moustakas.

Ryan Burr added

It was kind of the White Sox to place Ryan Burr on the 40-man roster. In my post about the 40-man bubble, Burr was my chief example of the kind of guy who would get the priority lane due to Rule 5 draft eligibility.

Not to say Burr lucked out, because he’s been dominant since the start of June: 30.2 IP, 16 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 10 BB, 37 K, 0.59 ERA, .405 OPS allowed. He didn’t make his debut during the victory over Minnesota on Wednesday, which is fortunate since he barely slept, getting the call after Charlotte’s late-night doubleheader against Norfolk.

Luis Avilan traded

The Sox made room for Burr on both the 40-man and 25-man rosters by dealing Luis Avilan to the Phillies for Double-A righty Felix Paulino.

With Caleb Frare and Kodi Medeiros eligible for the Rule 5 draft, the Sox weren’t going to need six or seven lefties on the 40-man roster, so it made sense to move Avilan to a team he could help in September. He did what he could for the White Sox, leading the team with 58 appearances and racking up 46 strikeouts to 14 walks over 39⅔ innings.

By finding takers for Avilan and Joakim Soria, Rick Hahn went 2-for-2 in the three-team deal. Both veteran relievers gave the Sox quality work for a team that needed it, and both pitched well enough to land a pitching prospect in return.

Paulino doesn’t appear to be much of a prospect from the numbers alone. The 23-year-old righty has a 3.91 ERA and just 74 strikeouts over 92 innings. He’s also eligible for the Rule 5 draft, although one benefit to his rough introduction to Double-A is that he might lack suitors.

Paulino hasn’t looked like much as a starter at Double-A Reading, although he didn’t really miss a ton of bats out of the bullpen at High-A Clearwater, either. Whatever the Sox see in him doesn’t show up in the stat line.

And maybe there just isn’t much to Paulino, because the move is just as much about opening a spot on the big-league roster for other lefties. The Sox will likely be adding Caleb Frare to the mix, and Aaron Bummer has spent just about the entire year in Charlotte. It’s unfair to call Avilan redundant since he’s proven to be a reliable MLB bullpen arm and the others haven’t, but since next year marks his last arbitration season, it makes more sense to spent this part of the rebuild evaluating what else is in the house.

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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lil jimmy

Burr rushed to Chicago, walked into the locker room, and smiled to himself. Health care for life baby.

VAChisox

“And maybe there just isn’t much to Paulino”: there wasn’t much to see in our last Paulino (Felipe) either.

Anohito

I was afraid of being reminded of him…

Trooper Galactus

Barf.

Patrick Nolan

Eloy Jimenez wants everyone to know just how damn ready he is for the White Sox, but it reads like he wants one specific person to understand just how damn ready he is for the White Sox. https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/eloy-jimenez-white-sox-chicago-im-ready/_preview/140694/5e1b23954c

roke1960

Thanks for posting that article Patrick. What a great story. The kid is going to be something special. And he sure seems to have his head in the right place. I can’t wait to see some of those “bombs”. Especially in late September against the Cubs!

asinwreck

This is a very entertaining read. Well worth your time.

GrinnellSteve

I LOVE this kid!

gibby32

Oh man!!!! Bring this kid up!!!

Lurker Laura

He seems to be a joyful person and player. Should be fun to watch. 

VAChisox

Great article. Thanks for posting, Patrick. I love the mix of humility and confidence that he expresses. It’s a rare person who expects to be a superstar but does not come off as arrogant or entitled.

karkovice squad

The sentimental part of me thinks that’s an awesome story of self.

The cynical side of me thinks that’s the first crumb from Brooks’ Eloy hype trail.

gibby32

Brooks is not smart enough to strike the right tone.

karkovice squad

I meant Brooks getting it written and placed rather than Brooks writing it himself.

Josh Nelson

First at bat today

soxfanpa

For a guy with above-average speed, Cordell looks like he’s running in slow motion (before he pulled up)

lil jimmy

Cordell is a long strider, like Alex Rios.

Trooper Galactus

So you’re saying he’s lazy.

Eagle Bones

Nah, for white guys it’s “smart with energy conservation”.

Anohito

Absolutely amazing.

Forget the checkboxes, is this forcing the issue enough yet?

sgp2204

Last check box: Make sure everyone KNOWS you’re ready. 

LET’S GO!

jorgefabregas

And then he gets 4 hits to drive home the point.

Trooper Galactus

Yeah, but he grounded into a double play, so clearly some boxes to check still.

Trooper Galactus

That’s a really long translation for a guy who simply said, “Fuck you, Hahn” in Spanish.

Flitcraft

BA scouts Felix Paulino:

Paulino is a stong-armed Dominican starter who has run into control problems at Double-A, going 3-1, 5.46 with 20 strikeouts and 13 walks in 29.2 innings at Reading this season. Paulino works 91-96 mph with his fastball and has a sinker in the lower end of that velocity band. His low- to mid-80s slider flashes plus potential but is inconsistent, and he has a firm changeup that lacks deception. Paulino shows flashes of everything working together, but hasn’t been able to put it all together yet. His ability to tighten up his control and firm up his secondaries will determine how high he climbs.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/phillies-acquire-luis-avilan-from-white-sox-for-pitching-prospect/