The White Sox are acquiring reliever Gregory Santos from the Giants, reports Robert Murray of FanSided. Santos was recently designated for assignment by the Giants. The White Sox have since announced the deal, with minor league right-hander Kade McClure going the other way.
Santos, 23, began his career in the Red Sox organization but came to the Giants in the 2017 deadline deal that sent Eduardo Núñez to Boston. The Giants were impressed enough with his development to give him a 40-man roster spot ahead of the 2020 Rule 5 draft. In 2021, Santos made a brief MLB debut but was handed an 80-game suspension in June after testing positive for Stanozolol, a banned performance-enhancing drug.
In 2022, Santos served as optional depth, throwing just 3 2/3 innings in the big leagues. In 33 Triple-A innings, he posted a 4.91 ERA with strong strikeout rate and ground ball rates of 23% and 51.7%, respectively. However, control was an issue with Santos walking 13.5% of batters faced, something that has been a persistent problem in recent years. He has a 16.7% walk rate in his brief MLB tenure as well.
Despite those control issues, the White Sox are likely interested in the power of his arm, as his fastball averaged at 98.8 mph in his brief showing this year. He’s also still quite young and has one option year remaining, allowing him to serve as depth in the minor leagues.
McClure, 27 in February, was a sixth round selection of the White Sox in 2017. He worked his way up the minors as a starting pitcher, posting decent enough results for Baseball America to deem him the #20 White Sox prospect going into 2021. Unfortunately, he reached Triple-A that year and struggled by posting a 6.81 ERA. In 2022, the Sox shifted him to the bullpen, as he made just five starts and 39 relief appearances. His 4.97 ERA in Triple-A this year still isn’t great, but he did have solid peripherals with a 24.8% strikeout rate, 7.2% walk rate and 39% ground ball rate.
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No risk here. I like it
I like it too. I can’t believe the Chisox got this guy. What’s his name again.
Wasn’t he DFA’d for Correa’s spot?
my guess is Zaidi will replace him with a DFA from another team any second now
Busted for PEDs and walk machine. Long shot stash for AAA redemption and straighten out command.
Katz knows him well from his days in SF. At one time Santos was more highly regarded by the Giants than Doval.
Is Kade Troy’s kid? You might know him from …
This is undoubtedly the move that has these 2 teams pitted against each other in the world series
Hahaha, this isn’t even dumpster diving, this move wasn’t even worthy of making it to the dumpster. It was just laying there on the ground next to a Burger King wrapper and a half empty bottle of Boone’s Farm.
White Sox will now bring in Ron SANTOS !!
who is Ron Santos? It’s Santo. can’t even type an insult without getting something wrong. pathetic
Man, Hahn just keeps making blockbuster moves, eh? What a joke… Just another ‘hope’ or ‘what if’ to add to the pile for the White Sox.
Dumb take. They move on from a 27 year old to a 23 year old power arm. Literally no risk, just getting a project arm. Refocus your well deserved bitterness at them not addressing RF or 2B with anything meaningful for the 5th straight season.
Double check his resume…
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Two minor league fillers, although Santos is 23 so he is young enough to see if he can change, the other guy is 26 has pretty good K:BB (recent numbers) ratios but his longball tendency and giving up runs is a possible fix candidate with SFG
bag o ballz
more importantly he doesn’t need to go on the 40 man
Now trade him and Hendriks and ? to Blue Jays for Merrifield and Kirk. Then let’s play ball
Designated For Assignment, White Sox fans know it well