White Sox add Jake Marisnick, Nick Padilla after more roster reshuffling

White Sox outfielder Jake Marisnick in Charlotte
(Photo by Laura Wolff / Charlotte Knights)

Considering that Alexander Colomé wasn’t signed until April, and that the White Sox called him up to fill in Joe Kelly’s roster spot during paternity leave, everything about his presence suggested his stay wouldn’t be a long one.

That didn’t stop his first two appearances from coming in high leverage, which summed up the precarious state of the White Sox bullpen during the first week of May.

Colomé gave up the game-tying homer in the eighth inning of his first appearance, and then he yielded the go-ahead run in the 12th inning of the next one. Pedro Grifol chose to use him in the former situation, and was resigned to using him in the latter, and he didn’t luck out either time.

Sanity was restored over the weekend, as Colomé pitched with the Sox trailing by two on Saturday, then while leading by 13 on Sunday. And now he’s out, with Nick Padilla taking his place as the last man in the bullpen as part of four roster moves made by the White Sox this afternoon.

In the other matching pair, the Sox purchased the contract of Jake Marisnick while placing Billy Hamilton on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring.

Padilla seems equally destined for a short stay, whether because he’s walked 11 guys over his last 11⅔ innings, or because the returns of Garrett Crochet and Liam Hendriks return loom over the near future. Still, he’s 26 and has the option status to be shuttled between Chicago and Charlotte, so he’s a better use of even a temporary roster spot.

Speaking of which, the White Sox also upgraded their outfield bench situation by swapping out Hamilton for Marisnick, regardless of the mechanism that made it possible.

Hamilton proved his value as a pinch-runner early, but his value as a legs-only player took a hit once Eloy Jiménez landed on the IL after his emergency appendectomy. Hamilton’s dreadful late-inning plate appearances in the aforementioned 12-inning loss showed that the Sox should never want the bat in his hands. Jiménez’s absence means one more lineup spot is subject to pinch-hitters and defensive caddies. That either increases the chances of Hamilton hitting for himself, or decreases the amount of moves Grifol can make elsewhere.

Marisnick offers some of Hamilton’s speed and most of the defense, and his right-handedness complements Adam Haseley and Gavin Sheets in right field. Even though he’s likely a replacement-level hitter in the majors, his .264/.407/.391 line at Charlotte shows that he stands a chance at offering a competitive plate appearance if the game finds him, which could not be said about Hamilton.

Hamilton hasn’t played since the White Sox stranded him twice in the late innings last Thursday, which makes one wonder when he actually had an occasion to hurt himself. He’s out of options, but he’s also tough for any other team to roster for any length of time, so it wouldn’t surprise me if both sides found the injury of convenience a mutually agreeable option. He gets to hang around and draw closer to 10 years of service time (he’s coming up on 100 days of his ninth year), and the White Sox can wait and see if the roster can regain the shape that made Hamilton especially useful.

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Foulkelore

I know two things to be universally true:

1.) When someone asks if you’re a god, you say yes.

2.) When the White Sox ask you to go along with an injury for 10 days, with the possibility of further injuries reopening a roster spot, you say yes.

Last edited 1 year ago by Foulkelore
ParisSox

“If we can just take the next two from KC and then sneak in a couple of wins from Houston we can get right back in this thing!”

This is usually something I say in August. It’s May.

FishSox

I love me some Billy Hamilton but a bat in his hands is just a cute decoration.

Well, Jake Marisnick is an actual 4th/5th outfielder. This use of a roster spot makes more sense.

Augusto Barojas

Marisnick fits a pretty loose definition of a 4th or 5th outifielder. His last full .700 OPS season was 2019, which is typical for a 4th OF according to what we can expect from Hahn.

Mediocrity at best, with essentially zero upside – the Sox way. That could be a team slogan.

a-t

I don’t think that’s terribly fair to Marisnick. Since ’19, he’s compiled exactly 2.0 fWAR over 632 PA. He exists to provide above-average CF (or plus corner OF) defense & baserunning, at the cost of an 80 or so wRC+.

He’s a role player with a defined and useful skillset: excellent teams make use of role players like him frequently, i.e. Houston gave him about half a season’s worth of PAs for 5 straight years. Role players deployed in ways befitting their skillsets is how most competent teams construct depth. That the White Sox have been unwilling or unable to use role players how they should be is not the role players’ fault.

Augusto Barojas

The depth of this team is dog shit level. Marisnick does not change that. Hence why none of the other 29 teams had a roster spot for him.

StockroomSnail

He’s a starting RF according to Hahn’s murderers row.

Augusto Barojas

Yeah I mean it is a bit ridiculous to defend the merits of any of the garbage players they rotate. They are all the same. None of the 29 other teams wanted any of these jokers. It’s a big part of why this team sucks balls, garbage depth and a GM that hasn’t addressed in 3 years.

jorgefabregas

I’ll reminded of this old SouthSideSox article basically advocating for more roster churn https://www.southsidesox.com/2015/11/9/9611038/portfolio-theory-for-gms

To Err is Herrmann

It is absolutely stunning what Jerry Reinsdorf and Rick Hahn have done. This is the one of the most botched rebuilds in history. Wow.