The White Sox have designated righty Juan Minaya for assignment, tweets Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Minaya, a former Astro farmhand, was reasonably effective for the club this season, posting a 3.90 ERA with a decent 27/12 K/BB in 27 2/3 mostly low-leverage innings. ERA estimators were far less impressed, though – his 29.4% grounder rate was among the league’s lowest, leaving a projected HR/9 well north of the 1.30 total he allowed this season. The 28-year-old’s velocity also dipped nearly two full miles per hour from his career-best 95.4 MPH mark in ’18, and his slider effectiveness had diminished substantially.
Minaya’s DFA makes room for the return of righty Dylan Covey, himself somewhat of a chink in the already-frail armor of the White Sox rotation. The team’s bullpen’s also struggled, making the Minaya move a bit of a head-scratcher. Only a dominant Aaron Bummer has separated himself; Alex Colome and Evan Marshall have gotten outs with iffy peripherals, with the former sporting a comically low .124 BABIP.
No need for the editorializing.
I agree. No need to push personal commentary into every post. At least for me, it is more enjoyable to scan simple reporting separate from whatever commentary anyone writing for this site has to offer
Saying the White Sox pitching staff is bad and that most of the “good” relievers are lucky rather than good is not editorializing. It’s just reporting.
Nice job adding the extra stats for context. Helps people understand the bigger pitcure.
Can we DFA Covey now?….Six earned in 2/3 inning….Please Rick, the time has come.
I really don’t know why we moved Ross Detwiler out of the rotation for Dylan Covey. Despite Covey always showing well in Triple-A, we’ve seen nothing from him in the Majors that should translate to more opportunities for him. The bar obviously isn’t set very high if I’m talking about how I’m upset that we’ve replaced Ross freakin’ Detwiler in our rotation.
Kopech, Dunning, and Rodon can’t come back soon enough.
Who knows. Post surgery, can’t be sure in what shape any of those three will come back.
And replace him with what player?
The team has no depth for starting pitching in the minors, and not enough bullpen depth to regularly use an opener.
Covey has actually been second-best starter. That’s where the team is right now.
Covey is going to now be 6-26 as a Sox hurler more than time to move on. Sox need to get rid of losing culture.
I’d agree if they had a viable replacement. They don’t.
They aren’t going to get rid of the losing culture until their cheap ownership decides to start at least spending some money. Reinsdorf don’t like to part with his money.
BULL CRAP! Jerry was ready to part with over a quarter of a BILLION dollars in his offer to Manny Machado! How about $43 million for Eloy Jimenez when he hadn’t ever played in a major league game! Tim Anderson $25 million! José Abreu? $68 Million
You want him to spend more? On whom? Big name free agent players in their prime all want to play for a contender and therefore, won’t even consider any offer from the White Sox.
Jerry has shown that he will part with his money, where there’s something worth spending it on.
(No! I don’t work for the White Sox!)
Being willing to spend $250 million when another team is willing to spend $300 million is indeed being cheap.
It’s not so much “losing culture” as “really bad baseball players.”
I mean, Palka, Tilson, Engel, Rondon, and Cordell are all still on the 40 man roster and take turns sucking on the 25.
I’ll preface this by saying my heart wouldn’t break if the Sox DFA’d Covey after this embarrassment.
But it won’t happen. If nothing else, he’s still useful as a long reliever for the rest of this season, someone to eat innings (especially in blowout losses). This bullpen will get taxed throughout the rest of the season, you need someone in there to eat innings to help rest some of the late inning arms. As for now, I think they’ll give Covey at least one more chance to redeem himself in the rotation. After all, he wasn’t that bad before his injury, at least compared to some of the other turds the Sox have rolled out to the mound this season.
I know it’s only 2 games since the break, but this is what concerned me about the Sox receiving the knockout blow to their slim chances of the WC. Yes, they can still salvage the road trip, especially with KC starting Monday, but they have a brutal 10-game road trip spanning both coasts and playing the 2 potential WC teams. The fact the SP has been horrible these 2 games, combined with the lackluster offense, that’s a bad combination to start with on such a grueling road trip.
Tomorrow will be key, going to KC 1-2 on the road trip looks far better than 0-3 with TB looming next weekend. 0-3 can easily turn into a 3-7 or 2-8 road trip, effectively killing their WC dreams.
As for Minaya, my heart definitely didn’t break with that news either.
The White Sox could have used James Shields as an inning eater this season but I’m guessing he’d made so much money in his career he just wasn’t interested in taking a low-ball offer from the White Sox or any other MLB club for that matter.
So the White Sox turned their attention last offseason to acquiring Ivan Nova and the remaining $9.167M of his 3 yrs/$26M deal from the Pirates for young Dominican pitcher Yordi Rosario and some international bonus slot money from the recently concluded 2018/2019 signing period. They also took a flyer on 36-year old Ervin Santana. Neither “rental” veteran has worked out as planned leaving the White Sox with their current mess.
I was hoping for the White Sox to sign Mark Buehrle “clone” Dallas Keuchel last winter but apparently his asking price and the qualifying offer stigma was too much for the still rebuilding White Sox. The team looks ready to contend in 2020 and perhaps Keuchel will make more sense since he cannot be tagged with another QO this offseason.
Btw: For the White Sox and their fans sake I can only pray that Yordi Rosario doesn’t evolve into an impacting MLB player like Fernando Tatis Jr, did after he was dealt to the Padres in a package for Shields. That would be another bitter pill for GM Rick Hahn to swallow although he has certainly made some astute prospect trades after convincing owner Jerry Reinsdorf and VP Kenny Williams that a full-blown rebuild was in order after a decade of reloading and retooling produced a whole lot of mediocrity.
Why even make the low-ball offer an issue? When 2018 ended, we knew Kopech was out, Cease was starting the season in the minors, and Rodon was a mear-lock to miss significant time. The $14 million difference between the option and the buyout should have been paid. Instead, we threw that money at Ivan Nova and Jon Jay.
Maybe someone can start a go fund me page, for Reinsdorf.
Maybe someone can start a petition to have a single agenda troll like you removed from the comment section.