The White Sox have signed second baseman Yolmer Sanchez to a minor league contract, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports (via Twitter). After being released by the Giants earlier this week, Sanchez returns to the only other organization he has ever known over his 12 professional seasons.
Sanchez went from part-timer to everyday player over six MLB seasons with the White Sox from 2014-19, hitting .244/.299/.357 over 2438 plate appearances but being far more well-regarded for his defense. Sanchez spent significant time at third base and even a few games at shortstop and right field, though he is best known for the +10 Defensive Runs Saved and +6.3 UZR/150 posted over 3464 career innings at second base. This glovework culminated in Sanchez winning a Gold Glove just last season.
With Nick Madrigal looming in the minors and Sanchez projected for a $6.2MM arbitration salary, however, Chicago opted to non-tender Sanchez last winter. He caught on with the Giants on a minor league pact, though Donovan Solano’s emergence and San Francisco’s signing of Wilmer Flores left Sanchez without a clear path to making the big league roster.
The White Sox, however, now find themselves in need of some infield depth with Madrigal on the injured list for at least a few more days and Leury Garcia done for at least the regular season after undergoing thumb surgery. Danny Mendick has been taking most of the everyday at-bats at second base recently, and Sanchez could potentially replace another glove-first infielder in Ryan Goins on Chicago’s active roster.